Return to the Office – considerations for the post-lockdown law firm

People, workplaces, IT, technology, governance and working practices: Lights-On introduces its mini-series of ‘Return to the Office’ guides to help law firms tackle some of the key aspects of planning an exit from lockdown.

Change has been forced upon us in the first few months of 2020. The way we live, the way we work, the way we communicate, the way we shop and the way we socially interact have all changed. We have even changed the way we queue! In this change process the majority of people are likely to follow some variant of the Kübler-Ross model below:


We have suffered the shock of growing infection figures and death statistics and some are in denial, ignoring social distancing or coming up with incredible conspiracy theories. Six plus weeks in and the frustration of lock-down has given way to difficulties and depression in some as our minds transition from this being short term to being medium to long term constraints and impact on our lives.

What this series of brief papers we will explore are the “upward curve” elements. We will explore how firms are now looking at how a “new start” could happen, and how they are experimenting with ideas and set-ups to accommodate a new set of social norms.

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Lights-On Consulting Limited

Lights-On Consulting Limited
Lights-On is an independent IT consultancy established in 2005 on the core principles of confidentiality, experience, independence, integrity, and deep knowledge. We specialise in legal and professional services, working with clients that range from niche commercial practices through to global and magic circle clients. We are proud to say that we have been working with many of our clients for well over a decade. Lights-On can help you to get the best out of the solutions you have or on new technologies that can future-proof your firm, drive efficiency and better position you to compete in your markets. The majority of our IT consultants have held leadership positions in law firms and corporates as well as being experienced consultants – this combination of in-house management and independent consultancy allows us to provide insightful and supportive IT advisory services. Whilst strategy is key to a successful IT project, there also needs to be a clear plan to communicate and implement the strategy. As such we look for both strategic and practical abilities in all our people and “strategic advice, practically delivered” has become a mantle for Lights-On and how we work. From independent advice on a technology evaluation or procurement project, through to a strategic IT review or our ‘IT Director as a Service’ offering, our extensive experience across legal and professional services makes Lights-On the first choice for an ever growing number of firms.