COVID-19 has brought numerous changes to the legal industry’s approach to working remotely. Some changes have been ordered by the courts, while others have been instituted by practitioners. Some of these measures will be temporary while others are likely here to stay. Ultimately, how law firms adapt and respond to these changes can result in considerable cost savings to litigants.
Many courts have temporarily approved the use of video and teleconferencing for certain proceedings. Some courts may permanently embrace this technology for short proceedings, such as scheduling or status conferences, or certain motions. This provides an immediate cost savings as counsel no longer are required to travel across the country or state to attend a 15 minute hearing.
Just like many businesses, law firms have been reducing expenses to preserve flexibility and ensure financial strength. The legal landscape has changed and the industry as a whole is reducing overhead. For example, law firms that traditionally rented large office spaces are now drawing from the remote work experience to reduce their footprints. Decreased real estate expenses contribute to enhanced financial performance and can be passed directly to clients.