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Ashton KCJ makes 'unlimited time off' policy permanent after trial sees productivity increase

Written by: Richard Simmons
Published on: 7 Dec 2015

National firm Ashton KCJ has made permanent a flexible holiday system which allows staff to take as much holiday as they like.

The move follows a nine-month trial period in which the traditional annual leave policy was replaced by a one allowing employees to take holiday ’reflecting their own needs and those of the business’.

The firm’s CEO, Edward O’Rourke, said: “We firmly believe that law firms wishing to thrive in the future need to be innovative, both in the way they attract and retain legal talent and in the way in which they meet clients’ legal needs.

”Our focus needs to move towards overall productivity, client satisfaction and results rather than the number of holiday days taken so I am delighted to see that since introducing the PTO policy we have seen staff productivity being up in the first six months of the financial year compared to the same time last year.”

City firm Mishcon de Reya has also looked at the ’unlimited holiday’ policy as pioneered by compnaies like Virgin.

Exclusive research by The Lawyer this summer found that only 58 per cent of lawyers took their full holiday allowance last year.