With the Covid-19 pandemic upending so much of our lives, remote working is now part of the norm.
But, how exactly has this shift affected the legal sector?
Well, there are varying levels of satisfaction with how things have gone. One study found that 67 percent of lawyers consider it a positive change and want to continue remote working once the pandemic is over.
However, it’s not been all upside. As an example, 35 percent of lawyers indicate remote working has damaged their training and development.
To help shine a light on what’s happening in the sector, let's explore the three main challenges facing law firms. With each area, we'll share some eye-opening statistics, as well as suggest some practical solutions.
Without good connectivity, how can your staff continue performing their day-to-day tasks at home?
Unfortunately, the situation looks problematic:
- Fourty five percent of court hearings that went online suffered from technical difficulties.
- Thirty three percent of senior executives across Europe and the US will make improving network connectivity a priority over the coming year.
- Poor connectivity means home workers lose, on average, over half an hour of work a day.
Fortunately, solutions like Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) can help. It’s is a cloud-based solution for secure remote networking. The good news is, it only takes minutes to deploy and is highly cost-effective.
Perhaps the biggest challenge with remote working is maintaining your law firm’s productivity.
Here are some statistics that show this:
- Twenty percent of legal staff say their firm needs to act urgently to enable more productive home-working.
- Thirty percent of people say their productivity has reduced since they started remote working.
- Modern IT solutions are a key enabler for law firms, with 91 percent of firms using a remote desktop service, according to Statista.
As a result of the remote working boom, there has also been a big increase in IT security risks.
Here are a few alarming statistics to consider:
- Sixty three percent of legal staff working at home store files on their own devices. Naturally, this creates data security issues.
- Three percent of homeworkers confess that the home device they use for work has no password protection at all.
- Fifty five percent of legal sector employees who have leaked data did so because of a phishing email. This shows the huge threat that phishing emails pose.
To keep your law firm secure, you’ll need to deploy modern strategies. As a starting point, we recommend using multi-factor authentication (MFA), a thorough bring your own device (BYOD) policy, and providing your staff with a secure web gateway.
Could your law firm do remote working better?
The Covid-19 pandemic forced the legal sector to adopt remote working rapidly. Along the way, this brought some moments of hilarity (such as when a lawyer got stuck with a kitten filter on Zoom during a court case).
But, on a serious note, this shift hasn’t been easy on law firms. And, there’s still work to do, with many firms still suffering from issues around connectivity, productivity and security.
To support your firm, it’s crucial to implement the tactics we’ve covered, such as deploying MFA to protect your sensitive client data. You’ll also want to empower staff productivity by modernising your connectivity with solutions like SD-WAN.
If you’d like to take the next step toward a more productive, better connected remote law firm, reach out for a chat with one of our team.