We’re pleased to contribute to the annual Briefing Frontiers report to help law firms in the UK and EMEA navigate the challenges of running a firm in a pandemic world with a hybrid or fully-remote workforce. The challenges are significant, and we’re proud to provide guidance and modern solutions for information governance management (records management, retention, destruction, matter mobility) for our clients.
When Briefing Frontiers 2021 was published during the winter lockdown in the UK, a much wider debate had recently raged about the importance of a place called the office. More than three-quarters of firms’ strategic leaders surveyed then expected their next HQ agreement to be for a smaller space – over a fifth foreseeing a ‘significant’ downsize.
This year’s poll of 54 heading up key strategic and management functions at Briefing firms (annual revenues of at least £18m) sees them anticipating people will spend an average two days a week in such a space in future – not necessarily mandated, but with an eye to balancing individual preference/flexibility and the power of a group coming together, in the interests of performance, personal development or risk. But there is perhaps an even bigger question: whatever their chosen model, will firms have the people they need to make it work – for culture, clients, and consistent future-proofing? Competition for talent continues to tighten, productivity is under pressure, and leaders need to decide exactly what they can offer to attract it.
The new-look flagship market research now centres on the intersection between available technology and the biggest strategic questions of the day. Where is the greatest potential for supporting law firms to thrive – in terms of process efficiency, service competitiveness, or human engagement?
The name may have changed, but Briefing Frontiers continues on its mission to deliver data on a range of business change challenges and opportunities with a keen eye on the context – supplemented by commentary from many research participants and partners. Read the article below, or download your free copy of the report here>>
Download a free copy of the full Frontiers 2022 report here.