The firm’s three offices in the City of London, Leeds and Colchester, which closed on 23 March as a result of lockdown measures, will re-open on 03 August. Staff will be given the choice whether to come into work or continue working from home.
In line with Government guidance and to ensure the safety of staff and clients, the firm has reconfigured its offices. Measures include Perspex screens in reception, distanced seating in all offices and meeting rooms, as well as increased deep cleaning of all three buildings.
Duncan Edwards, COO of Devonshires, says: “Our team have navigated the challenges of the pandemic and ensuing lockdown extremely well, while ensuring that client expectations and needs were met throughout. However, following feedback from staff, we decided that now was the right time to take these initial steps on a journey back to an interactive world.
“Whilst there is no requirement to come in, the feedback from some is that spending time back in the office can help to break up the working week – but it is clear that there is no ‘one size fits all’ position. Our policy remains as it has been throughout, we embrace agile working as part of delivering a high level of service to our clients and it is a decision for the individual as to whether or not they come into the office and if so, how often.”
As part of the firm’s reconfiguration of its office space, all unwanted furniture will be distributed amongst the firm’s charity partners. During lockdown, the firm continued actively fundraising for its charity partners through a variety events, including a virtual flower show.
The firm’s charity partners are:
- Skyway: helping young people in inner-London to achieve their personal goals, realise their potential and contribute positively to their community.
- The Spitz Charitable Trust: a collective of London-based jazz musicians who use music to connect with isolated people.
- St George’s Crypt: a Leeds-based charity helping the homeless, vulnerable and those suffering with addiction.
- Friends of the Elderly: assisting those aged 65 and over who suffer from loneliness and/or are at risk of isolation.