Hybrid and remote working: can law firms effectively implement, and thrive through, the new working models?

9 Feb 2022 1300 - 1415 GMT

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A webinar presented by the IBA Regulation of Lawyers' Compliance Committee

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Few of us believed it possible, but the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us that lawyers and law firms can work remotely. Now the concept has been proven, a number of firms across the globe have publicly committed to allowing their workforce to work up to 50 per cent of their time at home and others are moving towards fully remote working. These decisions are likely to be driven as much by the demands of a new generation of lawyers as by the ‘success’ of remote working during the pandemic. In moving away from an office-based model, firms will have to carefully navigate the ramifications of these new working models. Have lessons have been learnt over the past two years, and if so what are they? Our panel will discuss some of the challenges facing firms including maintaining and fostering the firm’s culture and ethical values, and diversity and inclusion (D&I), in particular in relation to the allocation of work and productivity between those in the office as against those working from home. Supervision, confidentiality, information security and licensing are of paramount importance as more lawyers work from multiple locations. We are unlikely to understand the full impact of the current changes we are experiencing for years to come and many of us are learning by trial and error as we transition to new ways of working. This webinar will provide a thoughtful discussion of these issues and suggest some useful practical measures lawyers can take to assist them and their firms during this period of transition. The panel will discuss:
• the different working models and the pros and cons of each;
• how to define a firm’s culture and reinforce ethical values in a hybrid/remote working environment;
• implications from a cyber/information security perspective and the approach of young lawyers to these issues;
• the impact on training lawyers, advancements in digital tools and how to use these effectively to enable collaboration and communication between those in the office and those working remotely;
• how to manage proximity and pattern bias, which may have an impact on a firm’s D&I initiatives;
• new working models from a young lawyer’s perspective in the context of firms having as many as five generations in the workplace;
• key themes from a survey conducted by the IBA Young Lawyers' Committee survey; and
• how firms can identify and address the expectations of young lawyers.


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Sarah Lucey

Norton Rose Fulbright, London, England; Co-Vice Chair, Regulation of Lawyers' Compliance Committee

Iain Miller

Kingsley Napley LLP, London, England; Scholarship Officer, Professional Ethics Committee

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Jens Näsström

ambitionprofile, Stockholm, Sweden

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Gary Assim

Shoosmiths, London, England; Member, Law Firm Management Committee Advisory Board

Hin Han Shum

Squire Patton Boggs, Central, Hong Kong SAR; Membership Officer, Young Lawyers' Committee

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Meg Strickler

Conaway & Strickler PC, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Co-Vice Chair, Professional Ethics Committee

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Arush Khanna

Numen Law Offices, New Delhi, Delhi, India; Scholarship Officer, Young Lawyers' Committee

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