A recent article from the Gazette cited that fewer than one in ten lawyers want to return to their regular working hours, with adaptations including flexible working, no weekend contact and no client contact outside certain hours.
Research carried out by Thomson Reuters found that around 63% of lawyers are now requesting flexible working arrangements following extended periods of working from home during the pandemic.
The average time lawyers would like to spend working rom the office is 2.1 days per week, preferring to spend more than half of their working week working remotely.
Four in ten lawyers would like to limit client contact time according to the study, and a fifth of all respondents said they would like to avoid client contact altogether at weekends. A quarter have now set the strict boundary of being contacted before 7am and after 11pm.
Reuters has created an insightful article about what it might take for law firms to adapt and thrive in these new circumstances.