Management at a firm yet to offer a Covid bonus
Shoosmiths is rewarding staff with an additional "thank you" bonus of 7.7% of their annual wage, the equivalent of 4 weeks' pay.
"We are absolutely delighted to be able to share the success of last year with every member of staff in the business without whose commitment and incredible hard work we could not have delivered such a strong performance," said Shoosmiths CEO Simon Boss. "No matter what last year held for staff, each person stepped up to play their part and we are grateful to everyone for their support and collaboration.”
Osborne Clarke is rewarding staff with a payment of 5% of salary "to thank them for their contribution" over the last year. The firm is also giving staff extra days off with an OC bank holiday on 2nd August, and an additional day's holiday in the next financial year.
"The last year has been like no other, but despite the challenges, our people continued to provide brilliant support and commitment to our clients and our business," said an Osborne Clarke spokeswoman. The bonus is in addition to pay-rises and the Christmas bonus, and is offered due to the firm having a strong performance over the last year.
Meanwhile, Bird & Bird is giving all staff a "thank you" bonus of EUR1,000, in addition to existing performance bonus schemes.
"My heartfelt thanks to all of our people around our network for going above and beyond to continue to deliver our clients with the best possible service throughout this challenging time,” said David Kerr, Chief Executive Officer at Bird & Bird.
Other firms to have offered 'Covid bonuses' of 5% of salary include A&O, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters and Hogan Lovells. While Addleshaw Goddard recently offered a set bonus of £1,500 to staff, and Ashurst dished out £1,000. DLA Piper let its staff choose between an extra week of pay or holiday.