These really are challenging times for businesses of all kinds. Law firm lockdown has turned the world of legal work upside down. Many have seen work dry up completely. Others, the luckier ones, are having to learn to adapt.
Covid-19 has made fundamental changes to the way we work, stay in touch and manage our daily lives. Right now, your own and your family’s health is the number one priority. However, what sure measures can you take to meet the work demands of these challenging times?
We’ve already looked at what you can do to maintain your firm’s financial stability. Let’s take a look at a few practical measures you can take both to carry on working and to fill your time profitably.
The UK government has taken unprecedented steps to aid businesses of all kinds. Everything from wage support to assistance with tax bills, business rates relief to business interruption loans and grant aid are all on the table.
Do not pass go, do not collect £200! Go to this government website first to find out your eligibility. It really could be your get out of jail card.
Law firm lockdown doesn’t necessarily mean work lockdown. Assuming you have enough work to be getting on with, modern technology and your practice management software should permit you to continue.
For homeworking, consider the following checklist:
No-one is immune to the virus. Similarly, no business will completely escape the downturn caused by the lockdown. Firms such as those with a heavy conveyancing reliance are particularly vulnerable. So, what can you do that will really make a difference?
Finally, take care of both yourself and your team. The government talks about a three-month period of social distancing with some restrictions lasting even longer. Now is your chance to get remote management working seamlessly, improve your online accessibility and learn a few new tricks.
Also bear in mind, enforced homeworking will probably be a long-term game changer. Once people and businesses have tried it successfully, from a work / life balance perspective, there will probably be no going back.
Look after yourselves.
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