The new ‘next’ normal: How has hybrid working changed law firms and will the return to the office change things again?

Client collaboration, law firm culture and the war for talent, technology, and Brexit headlined Sandpiper Partners’ ninth annual London Legal Market Virtual Conference. Williams Lea’s CEO, Clare Hart, joined a panel discussion on maintaining a consistent culture in the new ‘next’ normal where the overall sentiment from law firm leaders confirmed that the office of the future will be built around a hybrid in-office and remote working model.

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Clare Hart, CEO at Williams Lea, says law firms face many operational challenges when it comes to adopting a hybrid working model, not least deciding who comes to the office, when and why. Embracing new ways of thinking and outsourcing support roles, she says, may help law firms to solve these issues and get back to practising law.

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