Law firms, like many other businesses, have transformed during the lockdown and changes are evident. Here are some lessons learned along the way and hopefully they can be helpful for legal practitioners in the future.
As we continuously go through, come out of and (at the time of writing) may possibly go through the lockdown again, every business has had to grapple with new challenges. Whilst some legal sectors have remained active, others had to cease operations.
The government’s decision to proceed with “maximum caution” in attempts to ease the lockdown could only mean law firms have to struggle even more. Lawyers are forced to work from home and avoid being in public if at all possible.
2020 has completely taken us aback, but we managed to adapt – overnight. The uncertainty of the future of working life will continue to haunt us, but working from home came with these lessons and it’s clear that:
Lawyers who practice in sectors that remain active will have their business carried out as usual, but for others, lockdown is a unique opportunity to try something new. Activities like writing blogs, conducting webinars and building up business development skills will prove helpful in the long run.
Working from home is definitely here to stay, which will really change the course of any job in the near future. Every law firm would have been adaptive to the home environment by now – with working from home, cloud computing and video calling becoming the default arrangement. It’s likely that offices will only be meant for socialising or to bring projects to completion. That is why investing in a legal software could prove useful for the firm, whether or not there is another lockdown being suggested.
Moving forward, the uncertain future for lawyers will have definitely changed. It’s already made known that technology, the economy and the market for legal services are changing rapidly. Some important tips:
Regardless, the pandemic has reinforced that there are certainly no cookie-cutter solutions – period. Reassess your law firm’s core values. The strengths. Learn from the lessons and be rest assured that there will be value added to the client’s journey along the way, again.
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