Considering the latest rise in coronavirus cases, the government is once again asking office workers who can work from home to do so, with restrictions likely to be in place for at least the next six months.
The news will come as a blow to those firms who had invested time and energy into creating a Covid-secure office environment, but such is the unpredictability of the pandemic.
With the right infrastructure in place, which is critical to success, firms that were quick to adapt their working environments have continued to deliver high-quality legal advice to their clients right through the pandemic.
Our recent survey shows changes in working practices
Of the firms who responded to our recent survey on working practices during the lockdown, fewer than 30% said that some fee earners worked from home prior to Covid-19, compared to many fee earners (86%) working from home during the lockdown.
85% of those firms also said that post-lockdown, the intention is that either some, or most, of their fee earners will work from home.
It was encouraging that many firms (86%) noted no change in their ability to take new instructions or time record, despite them working across a range of devices, showing a need for greater flexibility whilst working from home.
Those firms that pulled together hasty tech solutions to see them through lockdown – with no plans to upgrade for the longer term – will no doubt feel a negative impact on their commercial success.
Good quality, high availability legal technology will be the backbone of your business to support a mix of home and office working, so it’s vital to act now to protect your firm’s future.
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I don’t think clients realise we’re not in the office as there was no disruption in service at all. The secure web portal means clients don’t have to worry about sending sensitive information electronically, And the focued workflows have helped with productivity.
Kelly, H&F Legal