BigLaw workplaces: What will the ‘new normal’ look like? Asks Lawyers Weekly (Aus)

Here’s their current thinking. We note that a lot of Australian law firms didn’t answer their questions. Does that mean they aren’t thinking about the future or that they haven’t worked out a solution yet? I suppose we shall just all have to wait and see…

Legal professional workplaces will never be the same following COVID-19, and BigLaw is already implementing changes to better suit individual needs.

Two things became quickly apparent when legal employers were forced to have their staff work from home: one, reliance on technological platforms was a necessity, and two, WFH and remote working arrangements can and do work.

To this end, it is all but certain that the workplace environment we knew prior to the global coronavirus pandemic will no longer exist – at least, not all aspects of it.

The undertaking of daily legal practice and business can and will look vastly different in a post-pandemic world. BigLaw firms are fully cognisant of the evolutions taking place around them and are moving to change with the times, especially as staff start returning to their Perth offices.

Lawyers Weekly spoke with 22 firms from the big end of town to learn about the measures being taken, including but not limited to increased accommodations for remote working and new-look office spaces.

At the time of filling this story, responses to questions had not been received from AllensBaker McKenzieClifford ChanceCorrs Chambers Westgarth, DWF, HFW, HWL EbsworthK&L GatesKing & Wood Mallesons and Norton Rose Fulbright.