Australia Law firms in no rush to get back to offices

The Australian Financial Review writes today…

Lawyers can expect health checks, daily seating plans and no more hot-desking when they return to their offices, but they will be among the last sectors of corporate Australia to resume a “normal” working life.

Leading firms are taking a phased approach to bringing staff back on-site, with the COVID-19 crisis having proved their staff can work effectively from home – and keep clients happy.

However, some national firms have already reopened their offices in Western Australia after encouragement from the state government. They expect Queensland will be next.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth CEO Gavin MacLaren said there was no need to rush back, given the “enormous capacity for law firms to operate on a remote basis”.

Gilbert + Tobin chief operating officer Sam Nickless said law firms would have to consider the implications for the broader community.

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