Elite City law firm appoints first ‘chief wellbeing officer’

City law firm Clifford Chance will this week unveil its first ever “global wellbeing” chief as a battle for expertise within the authorized trade escalates.

The so-called magic circle firm, which final month raised wages for newly certified solicitors of their mid-20s to £125,000, has employed Aon govt Charles Alberts to the brand new position.

Mr Alberts will probably be tasked with creating the law firm’s first “global wellbeing strategy”, a manifesto which sources stated may shake-up all the pieces from coaching, promotions and interviews to bonuses and perks.

“This is not about fruit Wednesdays,” insisted one individual near the hire. 

“The day one job is to create a wellbeing strategy. This isn’t someone in the HR team who is doing 20 other things as well. It’s not ‘let’s just do an employee survey every five years’.”

The firm is ploughing money into the wellbeing of its workforce amid a battle for workers throughout the authorized sector. Earlier this year a senior lawyer on the Canary Wharf-based law firm proposed hiring a “chief happiness officer” to make sure the law firm is “the most vibrant, happy and uplifting place to work in the world”.

His different options embrace six-weekly micro-retreats, books from staff’ favorite authors despatched over on publication, a four-day week pilot and “sponsorship for passion projects and hobbies”.

Insiders stated that there aren’t any present plans to hire a chief happiness officer and that its appointment of a wellbeing head is unrelated because it has been within the pipeline since final summer time.

The strikes comes as new analysis compiled by YouGov discovered that 9 in 10 City legal professionals have skilled stress or burnout as a direct results of their job and fewer than 1 / 4 felt correctly supported by their firm on the time.

Respondents additionally cited a poor work-life steadiness as the principle cause for quitting the occupation.

Known for having long-hours cultures, City law corporations are more and more providing new perks to maintain employees onside and retain prime expertise amid a interval of excessive turnover.

This has included elevating salaries to document ranges and providing new advantages corresponding to subsidised fertility therapy.

A survey by Legal Cheek final year discovered that City legal professionals have been working more and more longer hours, with associates at Kirkland & Ellis working till 11.30pm on common.

Kirkland & Ellis stated it had introduced in a psychologist and an habit professional to assist its employees.

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