Slaughter and May will trial its first ever ‘bring your dog to work day’ this week, with the benefits of animals in the office extolled by managing partner Deborah Finkler.
The firm will allow its people to bring their dogs to the London office on Friday, June 24.
If the trial goes well, the firm plans to expand the pilot to the last Friday of each month over the summer, according to a person at the firm.
In a statement on Sunday, Finkler said: “I have long been an advocate of having our dogs in the office and so am delighted that we are trialling Slaughter and May’s first ever Bring your Dog to Work Day. The benefits of all animals and especially dogs to mental health, morale and alleviating stress are widely recognised, and I also hope that the trial makes for a fun and sociable day.”
The famously elite firm, based near Barbican in Central London, is not known for such schemes.
The news was first reporter in the Telegraph.
Finkler recently took up the newly-created position of managing partner at the elite U.K. firm.
Her tenure began on May 1, following the planned retirement of practice partner David Wittmann and executive partner Paul Stacey.
Finkler joined a fresh generation of female leaders to take up mantles over the past year which includes Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters respective senior partners Georgia Dawson and Aedamar Comiskey, and Herbert Smith Freehills senior partner and chair Rebecca Maslen-Stannage.