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first_imgMagic circle firm Linklaters has told the Gazette that agile working is available to staff if they want it, as firms continue to come up with ways of offering job flexibility.International firm Herbert Smith Freehills yesterday became the latest UK firm to announce an initiative aimed at giving staff more control over when, how and where they work.Earlier this summer, the Gazette reported that DAC Beachcroft had created a work environment at its Leeds office where no-one was allocated a desk, while London firm Wedlake Bell also stated its commitment to moving away from what it called the ‘cellular office environment’.A spokesperson for Linklaters said the firm is committed to a flexible approach to deciding where and when people work, subject to the needs of clients and colleagues, but stressed that a ‘one-size fits all’ policy does not work.‘The only thing a policy can do is draw a line that makes it clear that because people have a variety of needs, the ethos around flexibility is one that the business supports,’ she said.The firm has around 7% of staff working flexibly, with a formal element of this arrangement built into their contracts.In London the firm has tested a formal agile working arrangement to break down preconceptions allowing anyone who wished to do so to work one day a week from home.‘Some did, some didn’t, but the option was open to all, talked about and championed.  Since this pilot we have had other groups adopt this approach,’ the firm said.  ‘We don’t look at progress in this area through the number of formal employee flexible arrangements that we put in place.’Herbert Smith Freehills says it will implement agile working across all London practice groups following the success of its ‘early adopter’ initiative started earlier this year.This seeks to incorporate contractual flexible working arrangements within the firm, as well as less formal agile working to give people more control over when, how and where they work on an ad hoc basis.Almost nine out of 10 staff surveyed said the ability to work from home was somewhat or very important, and three-quarters said agile working enhanced productivity.Ian Cox, managing partner for the UK and US, said: ‘By rolling agile working out to all the London fee-earning groups and giving people more control over when, where and how they work, we hope to encourage more openness to different ways of working and to create a more diverse range of role models who work flexibly in the business.’last_img read more

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first_imgSteps to increase support for people with autism and improve public understanding of the condition have been announced ahead of World Autism Awareness Week 2019.In partnership with Queen Margaret University, a National Autism Implementation Team will work across children and adults services to improve the diagnosis process and care pathway for autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, such as ADHD.To improve public perception, an awareness campaign with the charity Inspiring Scotland will encourage people to see autism as a different way of thinking – rather than a disorder that can be cured. It will also highlight the many strengths people with autism can bring to society.The Scottish Government will also be working with Scottish Autism to improve the support given to newly diagnosed autistic people and their families, and steps are being taken with Education Scotland to refresh the autism resource available to all schools.Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey said:“We want Scotland to be an inclusive society in which everyone can play a full role and we are absolutely committed to changing attitudes and to showing the positive contributions that people with autism can make.“These next steps will build on the work and progress we have made since the Scottish Government published the first Scottish Strategy for Autism in 2011. We want everyone to receive the support they need to reach their full potential, in the most suitable environment with a range of provisions in place to ensure this is the case.”Celia Tennant, Chief Executive of Inspiring Scotland, said:“We strive for a Scotland without poverty or disadvantage, and welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving the lives of autistic people. These steps aim to increase society’s understanding of autism, to move away from stereotypes and to make clear the many strengths autistic people bring to society.“We are proud to be a partner in this programme and look forward to working with autistic people, charities and organisations to create change for autistic people in Scotland.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInlast_img read more

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first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews PHOTOS: Carnival opening in Portsmouth by: – February 17, 2014 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 86 Views   no discussions Share Royette Laurent, represents Portsmouth in the Miss Dominica PageantFollowing the official opening of carnival in the City of Roseau on Saturday, February 8, 2014, the second town of Portsmouth held its carnival opening parade on Sunday, February 16.Royette Laurent, who represents Portsmouth in the Miss Dominica Pageant, Headtha Vidal who represents Portsmouth in the Mother’s Queen pageant and Lemar Irish who will be participating in the Junior Monarch competition, were featured in the parade.Afrikulture Stilt Walkers, Kubuli Girls and a sensei costume group were among groups which participated in the opening parade.The WCK Band was the highlight of the opening parade.– / 50Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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