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Coronavirus Law Firm Advice – Covid-19 Impact on Lawyers & Practical Guidance

by WardBlawg on April 5, 2020

Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own – Bruce Lee

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I hope you and your family are keeping safe and well. These are immensely challenging and unprecedented times for those in the legal sector with many unknowns of what is yet to come. But one thing is certain – the legal profession and legal practice will not be the same when we come out the other end.

In a recent opinion piece in The Law Society’s Gazette “Coronavirus brings out the best in our legal profession“, John Hyde reports on some of the positives that he has been hearing from law firms across the UK. He notes:-

The response was staggering. For all the lazy assumptions about this being a profession stuck in a bygone time and with no inclination to modernise, many firms have shown remarkable resilience and deftness to keep the show on the road.

With that optimism in mind, the following are some great insights from others aiming to help other lawyers and business owners:-

Impact on Law Firms and Practical Guidance

COVID-19 round up (from LexisNexis)

Very useful roundup of some of LexisNexis’s articles regarding the pandemic, covering issues such as “flexible working, the impacts on the financial services sector, the FTSE 350, restructuring and insolvency, corporate financial performance, updates from the Spring Budget 2020, remote working and much more.”

Coronavirus’ Impact on Law Firm Website Traffic Trends & 5 Practical Tips (from Stephen Moore of Moore Legal Technology)

“Last week was probably the biggest shift in our working lives many of us can remember. For some it brought their entire working lives into doubt, for others it meant a full doubling down as a surge in demand appeared.”

(There are also weekly update blogs from Moore Legal Technology that you can read here)

The 4 Main Challenges Law Firms Are Facing Right Now (from Artificial Lawyer)

“If there is one thing we learned over the past two weeks it’s that you can never be too prepared. Having the right plan and the right technology in place can be a differentiator when the IT department is overloaded with requests. Not only does being prepared have a positive impact on the employees, but also on their clients and families.”

You are not alone + Ways to Adapt Your Practice TODAY (from Lawyerist)

“Small firm lawyers are feeling a lot of disruption these days. Now is not the time to panic. Now is not the time to recoil or run your business from a place of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. You must show leadership. You must be strategic. You must be ready to pivot.”

How Will Covid-19 Impact the Legal Tech Sector? (from Artificial Lawyer)

“Will legal services demand drop? In the very short term the answer is that some service lines will see a spike and others will see a rapid fall. For now, they will likely cancel each other out.”

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and updates from The Law Society

“We know members will have questions about the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19) for their clients, their businesses, their professional obligations, their own wellbeing and that of their employees.” The Law Society’s advice page includes guidance re attending court, advice for employers and advice for firm owners, managing partners or senior leaders.

Coronavirus updates from The Law Society of Scotland

“We know the spread of coronavirus is placing enormous pressure on the legal profession. We are already undertaking a range of activities to support solicitors deal with this challenge. However, we want to do more and are looking carefully at what additional measures including financial measures that we could take.”

The high demand for lawyers amid the coronavirus pandemic (from ABA Journal) 

“Firms are also bracing for the pandemic’s long-term economic impacts that could boost demand for some legal services, while depressing the market for others.”

The Coronavirus, This Recession and How Law Firms Need to Plan Now to Protect Their Business (from Hugh Simons via Law.com)

“It’s helpful in times like these for leadership teams to have a common understanding of what’s going on in the broader economy, its implications for law firm demand and a road map for how to tackle the difficult decisions ahead. The following offers such a framing.”

Technology is key to stopping coronavirus wiping out law firms (from Richard Susskind via The Times)

“If law firms and court systems cannot find a way to work remotely in the coming weeks, Covid-19 will rapidly run them into the ground.”

The impact of coronavirus on global law firms (from Francis Zealley via Legal Cheek)

“The coronavirus is rapidly demanding legal attention from commercial firms whose clients are seriously impacted. At the same time, the ability of commercial lawyers to even carry out their work is being threatened by the virus.”

Coronavirus Legal Insights & Advice for Businesses

And the following are useful coronavirus legal insights pages from a selection of top corporate law firms:-

Other Recommended Reading re Covid-19 Impact and Advice for Lawyers?

Given this is an extremely fast-moving situation, the advice for law firms and businesses will inevitably be shifting constantly and dramatically. If you come across any essential reading for law firms that isn’t included above I’d be delighted to hear from you and will aim to update this list with some excellent new insights pieces in the coming weeks.

Image credit: Javier Allegue Barros

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+Gavin Ward is the founder of WardBlawg, Director of YouBlawg Limited and Operations Director at Moore Legal Technology Limited, specialising in helping law firms, lawyers and businesses grow their businesses online and aiming to help get great legal content published and shared across the web. Gavin created this law blog or ‘blawg’ to aim to contribute useful updates, thoughts and advice to help law firms, businesses and the legal profession in the UK and across the world succeed both online and offline.
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