Osborne Clarke links bonus eligibility to working location

Law firm Osborne Clarke has announced that in order to be considered for a bonus from 2024, employees will need to come into the workplace at least three times a week.

The firm’s minimum expectations for employees who want to be eligible for a bonus include completing mandatory training, total time recording, setting and achieving stretching objectives, contributing to wider initiatives and being in the office more often than not. For full-time staff, that means three days a week in one of the offices, with clients or in court.

However, the organisation has stated that it does appreciate there are valid reasons as to why three days in the office is not always possible, and will take these into full consideration when making bonus eligibility decisions.

Graham de Guise, chief people officer at Osborne Clarke, said: “To reward our people for high performance, this year we’re offering performance bonuses up to 20% and all qualifying staff received a 4% profit share in June, with a £2,000 minimum payment. To reward performance in the coming year, we will be introducing a discretionary long-term incentive plan with a bonus of up to 40% paid over a period of three years and we’ve also doubled our long service award payments.

“We do feel working in the office brings so many benefits in building and maintaining relationships, collaboration sparking ideas and learning from each other, as well as preserving our unique culture.”

Osborne Clarke also offers employees critical illness cover, private medical insurance, income protection, life assurance, a virtual GP, a profit share scheme, a will writing service, free eye tests, private dental cover, cancer screening, health assessments for staff and their partner, a car leasing scheme, a bikes-for-work scheme, an employee assistance programme, shared parental leave, gym discounts, and fertility, reproductive and sexual health support.