UK: New report finds 54% of legal professionals using unapproved personal devices for work with compliance and security at risk

  • 54 per cent of legal professionals admitted they had used unapproved, personal devices when carrying out case or practice work.
  • The Legal Hybrid Working Report 2023 finds that law firms are not providing employees with the correct tech for home working and challenges still exist for collaboration and compliance.
  • 87 per cent of law professionals have not gone back to working in the office five days a week.
  • Respondents said resolving tech issues quicker, better integration of technology and investing in new hardware or software helped with remote working and their productivity, showing the importance of a good managed service provider (MSP).

More than half of legal professionals have admitted to using their own unapproved phones and tablets for work, sparking fresh concerns around compliance and security as firms embrace hybrid working on a permanent basis.

This was just one of the findings to emerge from Access Legal’s Legal Hybrid Working Report 2023 conducted by Oosha, specialist cloud and managed IT services provider to the legal sector. The report highlights the divide in the number of employees who work well from home and the inefficiencies and frustrations they still experience with outdated or fragmented tech.

The survey of 100 UK legal professionals found that while 70 per cent of them now work a mix of days in the office and at home, more than half have used unapproved, personal tech to carry out tasks such as emailing, video conferencing or client communications at home.

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