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New Normal Of Legal Telework Likely To Outlast Pandemic

Law360: “The coronavirus has forced the majority of the legal workforce out of the office, but as firm leaders learn that their attorneys and staff can work efficiently from home, many say it is unlikely that they will ever go back to the prepandemic way of work….Most lawyers and law firm staff have enjoyed working from home and would like to continue doing so in some capacity even when offices are fully reopened following the coronavirus pandemic, several surveys found. According to one such survey sent to 65,000 of Savills’ clients in late April, legal professionals want to work from home more often than they were before the pandemic. Prior to the lockdown, about half of legal professionals said they preferred to work from home one to two days a month; now, up to 40% want to work remotely at least two days a week, the survey found.  In another survey released July 14 by commercial real estate group Cushman & Wakefield that includes responses from 608 lawyers at firms of all sizes, 90% of respondents said they expect more than a tenth of their attorneys will telework on a regular basis. The increase in working from home is also leading firms to evaluate their real estate footprints. The Cushman survey showed that one-third of respondents said they expect their law firms to reduce office space by more than 20%…”

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