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CAM temporarily starts controversial working Saturdays to catch up on billings

The measure may end in a few weeks rather than going until March after fee-earners, partners displeased.

For the record: Don Draper would eat Harvey Specter for breakfast
For the record: Don Draper would eat Harvey Specter for breakfast

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has temporarily made Saturdays working days since last weekend and including today, in order to catch up on arrears and get fee-earners to follow-up and complete bills.

It is understood that the six-day-work-week was originally to last until March, to shore up recovery for this financial cycle.

However, fee-earners and partners were not too happy about it and complained, according to several sources.

Management is understood to have responded and CAM’s working Saturdays may now end as soon as in a few weeks, though we could not get official confirmation of this from the firm at the time of publication.

We have reached out to CAM for comment, in any case.

“Billing and recovery is an issue hence management took this call,” commented one CAM insider. “Typically all lawyers are busy attending clients and work during weekdays.”

The management’s original view behind the initiative was that for a few months of Saturdays in the office, the “pending bills and WIPs” [work in progress] could get cleared, added the source.

Working Saturdays are not uncommon in the legal profession, particularly in litigation and chambers practice, though they are not a thing at the majority of corporate law firms.

In 2015, we had reported that one of the outliers, Khaitan & Co, had ditched its permanent twice-per-month working Saturdays, which had not been popular with fee-earners and recruits.

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