Q:

Is the legal profession well equipped to deal with an extended period of working remotely?

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Sandra Norman
The Senate
26 Mar 2020

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  • 0 Yes
  • 2 Unclear
  • 1 No
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  • 28 Mar 2020
  • No

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    To some degree the answer here should be "yes" because all lawyers really need is their brain and experience which are (mostly) portable. But their genuine fear of technology and lack of ability to adapt (and the fact that there's been no reason until now to do so) has meant that some very senior lawyers still don't know how to switch on a computer. Ask them to video conference from home is like asking them to fly.

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    Adrian Smith
    The Senate

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  • 27 Mar 2020
  • Unclear

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    Other ...: 'Legal profession' is too broad a term for one answer to fit all the different kinds of work lawyers do. For many solicitors working on transactions in large firms working remotely shouldn't feel too different to being in the office. Huge progress has been made in the technology lawyers use to be able to do this and a lot of it is excellent. At the other end of the range those seeking access to legal services on an urgent basis: police station advice, criminal court proceedings, bail applications, domestic violence injunctions .... will all suffer (perhaps immeasurably) from not being able to access legal assistance at the point of need.

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  • 26 Mar 2020
  • Unclear

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    Other ...: Personal view - the technology exists but lawyers will need to adapt and adapt rapidly. So I suppose it means a revolution is underway IMHO. Happy to update this answer if I see this changing....

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    Rachel Amos
    The Senate

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