One of Britain’s Magic Circle law firms, Clifford Chance, recently announced that it is moving to an ‘agile working’ philosophy over the coming months. The announcement is just the latest move that shows the legal profession is moving away from a set of rigid business practices and towards a more modern way of working. Typically, the legal sector has been seen as something of a ‘laggard’ when it comes to adopting new technologies. So the shift towards greater mobility – giving all employees the ability to access the data that they require wherever and whenever it is needed – is therefore a welcome development.
An estimated 80% of workers access data on the go, and an increasingly segmented legal sector is no exception. Legal professionals often work in different offices or on the move; they need to be able to access case details and work on cases whilst mobile to do their jobs effectively. Increased mobility allows lawyers to be more productive by adapting their working patterns to better suit their ‘on the move’ lifestyle.
However, there is a world of difference for any legal firm between planning to a project to support mobile and build an agile working environment, and turning it into a successful reality. Overall IT project failure remains a critical problem for businesses across all sectors. Therefore legal firms need to allow for careful planning and seeking out expert advice before making the switch to mobile. CIOs and CTOs need to make sure that they have answers to a whole range of questions, including but certainly not limited to:
- How will a more mobile approach affect communication between team members and what platform would be most appropriate to handle this new way of working?
- What devices will legal professionals want to use to access their data and does the plan allow for this flexibility?
- How can firms balance the demands of mobile with the security concerns around sensitive case details?
Adopting a new approach to working is a big change for any organisation and a ‘one size fits all’ approach just doesn’t cut the mustard. Within every sector, including law, specific factors such as company size and organisational culture influence the needs of a firm. Thus, each law firm faces different challenges that require a different strategy in order to deliver a mobile environment that keeps its lawyers productive, whether in the office, in court or on the move.
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