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Flexible working is not flexible

Ill-defined policies and out-dated office cultures may contribute to workplace tensions. Find out why Real Estate Partner, Clare Day, says "Flexible working is not flexible", and what needs to change.

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01st Jul 2022

The Future of Digital and Tech Services in Publicly Funded Contracts

Given the unstoppable growth of the UK tech sector, it’s not surprising that there is tighter focus on the need to ensure the government properly assesses, procures and manages digital, data and technology products and services. The Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Playbook sets out how that should happen. What are the objectives of the […]
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04th Nov 2021

Experiences of working remotely

In this article, Nathan Evans (Partner) and Julia Carey (Newly Qualified Solicitor) of HCR Hewitsons share their experiences of working remotely within private practice during the pandemic and explain some of the lessons learned for the “new normal”.   Nathan Evans The past 18 months have been challenging for everyone. At the start of 2020, […]
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15th Oct 2021

Is your business ready to be agile?

During the disruption of Covid-19 many employees have worked anywhere and everywhere, some juggling their working day with teaching long division and phonics. Now that the initial crisis has passed, employers are thinking about how to take the benefits of these ways of working into the long term. But in the brave new world of […]

04th Jun 2021

Working from home: call to ban out-of-hours emails from bosses

The right to disconnect effectively gives employees the ability to switch off from work and not engage in electronic communications, such as emails, during non-work hours.  Governments around the world have been looking at enacting laws to give workers the right to log off.  The principle has come into sharp focus following the coronavirus pandemic […]

19th May 2021

Video series: dealing with the effects of Covid-19 on the commercial property market

2020 was a year like no other for the commercial property market. The effects of Covid-19 on the sector were profound and are still being felt today. Many office staff have now been working at home or experiencing hybrid-working for over a year, and shops, pubs, restaurants and other leisure venues closed their doors for […]
Business Leader panel debate: Are UK offices no longer fit for purpose?

07th May 2021

Business Leader panel debate: Are UK offices no longer fit for purpose?

With restrictions easing, many business leaders now face the task of deciding how the future will look for their employees, in regards to where they work and how they work. We teamed with us Business Leader to host this panel debate to explore the future of the workspace. Issues debated included: What are the currents […]

29th Apr 2021

A year on – what opportunities can the High Street take from Covid-19?

We can all see the battering our high streets have taken over the last year as a result of Covid-19 which hit a retail sector already weathering a storm of closures, falling footfall and the ever-rising growth in online shopping. It is often said that the High Street is dead but perhaps there is a […]
Business Leader panel debate: Is homeworking causing a productivity crisis?

26th Feb 2021

Business Leader panel debate: Is homeworking causing a productivity crisis?

Almost 12 months since working changed forever, many businesses are still struggling to adapt to the demands and intricacies of hybrid and remote working. Leadership has long been an ever-evolving skill but the modern landscape is laden with even more treacherous peaks and valleys. Michael Stokes took part in this Business Leader live debate which […]
Business Leader panel debate: Is homeworking bad for our health?

10th Feb 2021

Business Leader panel debate: Is homeworking bad for our health?

New research conducted by our experts suggests that the mental and physical health of employees could be at risk if businesses fail to adapt to the long-term impacts of home and office working environments. While the rapid roll-out of flexible working in response to Covid-19 has had many positive impacts, its long-term deployment poses a […]
Combining home working and home schooling

10th Feb 2021

Combining home working and home schooling

With schools shut and most people working from home where they can, combining children’s remote learning with parents’ remote working is a hot topic; Ellis Walby of Cheltenham’s employment team contributed her own experience to Anna King’s BBC Radio Gloucestershire show. They talked about the stresses and strains of the experience for both parents and […]
Sut a ble y byddwn yn gweithio yn y dyfodol?

05th Feb 2021

Sut a ble y byddwn yn gweithio yn y dyfodol?

Ydych chi’n dyheu i fynd yn ôl i’r swyddfa? Ynteu ydych chi wrth eich bodd yn gweithio yn eich lle eich hun gartref? Pa fath o gydbwysedd gwaith fydd yn gynhyrchiol i chi ac i’ch cyflogwr pan fyddwn i gyd yn gallu dychwelyd i’r swyddfa? Mae’r cwestiynau hyn nid yn unig yn bynciau llosg yn […]

10th Jan 2021

Off camera: the invisible bias of remote working

The rapid roll-out of flexible working in response to Covid-19 has had many positive impacts. But, if we’re not careful, its long-term deployment may hinder social mobility and undermine equal opportunities. New research, published in our Future Workspaces report, suggests that the hybrid model of blending remote working with time in the office looks set […]

10th Jan 2021

Financing your 2021 office innovation

If one thing is clear from our new research, published in our Future Workspaces report, it’s that the 2021 workplace is going to look very different. In spring, it will have been almost a full year since we were regularly visiting the office, and so much has changed since then – legally, culturally, professionally. Hybrid […]

10th Jan 2021

2020: the biggest planning uses shake-up in decades

2020 has seen the biggest shake-up of planning uses for decades, providing much needed flexibility for businesses, but also huge uncertainty for the future of the retail high street and the location of employment spaces such as offices. New research, published in our Future Workspaces report, shows that the changes to the way we use […]

10th Jan 2021

Co-working: an existing solution to a new challenge

Co-working might be a new concept for many of us, but it’s been a common practice in the creative and cyber sectors since the 1990s. From Berlin’s C-Base to San Francisco’s Spiral Muse, community workspaces have been providing freelancers and remote workers with the lost benefits of office working for more than 20 years. And […]

10th Jan 2021

How to bolster your cyber security in a home-working world

With people spending more time online, and record numbers of people accessing work systems from home networks, cyber security has been a chief concern for employers during this pandemic. Barracuda, which has been monitoring global Covid-19-related cyber incidents, reported a +6,500% increase from January (137 incidents) to March (9,116 incidents) last year. New research, published […]

10th Jan 2021

In a post-Covid world, what do offices need to look and feel like?

Both employers and employees are enjoying gains from the work-from-home scenario. So why, if at all, do we need to return to the office? And if we do, what needs to change? We all have unique needs, but there is one thing that unites us all: we are social creatures. We operate best when we […]

10th Jan 2021

Cyber risk is the next pandemic

Levels of cybercrime increased exponentially during lockdown, as hackers took advantage of the weakened digital defences of home-workers. New research, published in our Future Workspaces report, suggests that Q1 of 2020 saw a +6,500% rise in Covid-19 related cyber incidents. While this doesn’t compare to the severity of human loss during the pandemic, it nevertheless […]

10th Jan 2021

The myriad challenges of hot desking and reduced office space

New research, published in our Future Workspaces report, shows that collaborative working is one of the things people are most concerned about missing out on when they work from home. As Claire Batsford, interim Chief Operating Officer of a Housing Association, says: “Working from home sometimes, gives me the kind of balance in my life […]

10th Jan 2021

Flexible working is not flexible

Flexible working requires agile minds, policies and resources. Are businesses ready to be truly flexible, or just paying lip service? One thing our new research has shown, published in our Future Workspaces report, is that there is no one-size-fits-all. The exceptional circumstances of 2020 led to a government directive to “work from home if you […]

10th Jan 2021

Mind the gap: is home working bad for our health?

The lockdown-induced work-from-home revolution has given both employers and staff an insight into what life could be like in a virtual world. A better work-life balance, borderless recruitment, the elimination of commuting woes, perhaps. But it has also highlighted the risks that offset these rewards, the employer’s long-term health challenges of a hybrid home-and-office working […]

10th Jan 2021

Less commuting, fewer people. Will 2021’s return-to-work see a demand for more rural office locations?

The last decade has seen a rise in the number of farm and rural buildings being converted into office space. Certainly, a rural commute may seem more appealing than an urban one, depending of course, on personal preferences. And new research, published in our Future Workspaces report, highlights some reasons why the fallout of Covid-19 […]

10th Jan 2021

Quirky office space? Don’t get caught out

Hybrid working is looking like the biggest change for workplaces in 2021. As the vaccine rolls out and the UK begins to recover from the impact of Covid-19, we will, inevitably, go back to the office. With it likely being less frequent, and offices being less busy, it gives employers to repurpose their space and […]

10th Jan 2021

The high street is dead, long live the high street

The evolution of the high street is not new. Changing lifestyles and consumer trends have been shaping and re-shaping our neighbourhoods for decades. In-town vs out-of-town; shopping centre vs pedestrianised courtyard; megastores vs independents; bricks vs clicks. What was exceptional in 2020 and now as we are in a national lockdown again, was the wholesale […]

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Matthew Hayes, Partner

Talk to me about your future workspace – what office space does your business need and how will you make it happen? As Head of Real Estate I’m here to help.

Clare Day, Partner, Head of Finance and Financial Services

Talk to me about Real Estate Finance. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, lend or borrow, I pride myself on providing the best client service – I’m very responsive, and make sure that I do everything I can to ensure matters progress as quickly as possible.

Harriet Murray Jones, Partner, Real Estate Client Partner and Head of Energy

As a commercial property lawyer, I work with individuals and businesses like developers and investors helping them to get their property issues and commercial needs resolved as quickly as possible, often to tight timescales. Talk to me about your future workspace project.

Mark Carter, Partner

I like to get property deals done. I do my best to protect your interests while striking the deal, working effectively and professionally to give you the most efficient service I can. Talk to me about your future workspaces project today.

Michael Stokes, Partner, Head of Employment and Immigration Team

I chose to specialise in employment law because it’s all about people, and your people are part of your workspace whether that’s in an office, at their homes, or a mix of both. I can help you with your flexible and home working policies, navigating the path of future workspaces in 2021.

Dan Hyde, Partner

With cyber attacks increasing exponentially as as result of the work-from-home revolution, more businesses are at risk than ever before. I can help you minimise the risk and protect your business. Talk to me about your future workspaces today.

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