From the challenges of remote working to cash flow pressures, professional services firms have a lot to deal with as a result of the measures the government has taken to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Giles Dunning partner and head of corporate for leading South West law firm Stephens Scown LLP outlines some ideas to help your firm through the next few weeks and months.

Establish new ways of working

For many firms agile and remote working will never have been tested on such a big scale. The technical side needs to be addressed, but you must not forget about the personal side too. You will find the routines that work best for your firm’s culture and people, but staying in touch regularly – either by telephone, or video call – will be really important.

This is a challenging time for everyone, so bear in mind that your people will have their own worries and anxieties too. Some may be living alone and could be feeling very isolated. Others may have young children at home, and will be worrying about trying to work while supporting their children with schooling. Many will be worried about the health of older or vulnerable relatives and friends.

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