Future Working Practices

How COVID-19 is changing lawyers’ working habits and how firms need to evolve

The latest Acritas global stand-out talent survey has identified serious implications for firms’ economic models and the support needed to retain their top talent in 2020 and beyond.

The past few months have given most people an opportunity to reflect on their lives and most, in fact 77% of the senior lawyers we interviewed, want to retain elements of this new virtual, remote working - to varying degrees. And critically, 22% said they are likely to leave if their firm didn’t accommodate the new way they want to work.

Law firm leaders urgently need to understand how lawyers want their working patterns to change, so they can prioritise investment in the strategies that will deliver greatest return – from talent retention to real estate needs, from collaboration to technology. We created our Future Working Practices survey to add science to those decisions.

From August 2020, law firms can purchase the latest results from that survey to truly evaluate the impact of current and desired future working practices on the industry and be in a position to provide the support needed for their lawyers to perform at their best.

The results are available via an online presentation of the insights, delivered by one of our experienced team, and the PowerPoint deck will be made available for firms to use afterwards.

To book your firm’s data presentation please contact Holly McDaid at Holly.McDaid@thomsonreuters.com or via +44(0) 808 178 3020

 

A sneak peak ahead of booking your presentation of insights…

Lawyers want to work less hours, more flexibly and more virtually with better tech support

Not only do lawyers want to work flexibly, work remotely regularly and travel less, the average lawyer wants to shorten their working day by nearly one hour and 14% want to work part-time (15% female and 12% male). This has huge implications for firms’ economic models and the support they need to provide to enable people to work effectively.

 

What else is included in the data presentation?

  • Experience of remote working – benefits and drawbacks to individuals, firms and clients, impact on wellbeing, time spent on exercise/sleeping
  • Aspects of work negatively impacted from remote working
  • Experience of flexible working – benefits and drawbacks to individuals, firms and clients
  • Impact on collaboration and differences by subgroup
  • Personal profiles – children, spouse, commute time, mode of transport
  • Working patterns, before and during COVID-19 and desired post-pandemic – including number of days remote working, flexible hours, number of hours per day, travel days and nights away, part-time working, willingness to reduce compensation
  • Which roles should remote working be available to, plus with or without restrictions
  • Feasibility of change and barriers to overcome
  • How law firms will need to change including investment priorities.

 

Who should join the presentation of the insights?

The Future Working Practices data presentation is designed for firm leaders who set the firm’s vision and strategy for tomorrow or are responsible for delivering on those strategic objectives.

 

Support beyond the presentation of the insights

We are always on hand to help you examine your data, at a time that suits you. After you book your presentation of the data you will be assigned an advisor/account manager who has deep knowledge of your market. After the seminat they be your go-to contact, on hand to help you use our research to develop strategies based on evidence and support you in achieving your goals and objectives for 2020 and beyond.

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