Home-working lawyers doing longer hours, research finds
Over two-thirds of respondents to new survey say their work-life balance has improved since lockdown
Lawyers who work from home are clocking up longer hours, new research has found.
Two-thirds of the 154 lawyers who responded to the survey by legal technology provider Clio said they were working longer hours as result of agile working and working from home. Two-thirds of lawyers also believe they have better work-life balance now lockdown is over.
The findings follow research undertaken by Legal Cheek which found a slight drop in the average hours clocked up by trainee and junior lawyers last year compared to 2021 when many lockdown restrictions remained in place.
Clio’s General Manager for EMEA, Sarah Murphy, said:
“While it’s great news that legal professionals have more flexibility in their working arrangements, it’s essential that they maintain a positive work-life balance. Overworking is still overworking, even if you’re at home and have flexible hours.”
The tech provider said the new research supported the findings of its 2022 Legal Trends Report, where a whopping 86% of lawyers said they worked outside the 9-5 working day, 74% worked “after hours” and 69% spoke to clients on weekends.
Last week, a newly qualified lawyer in London attracted praise on social media after sharing a breakdown of her working hours during “a super standard working week”. Megan Hulme, who recently joined the London office of Mishcon de Reya, worked for 46.6 hours across the five days, with Thursday being the longest at 11.8 hours and Friday the shortest at 7.5 hours.
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Well of course they would say that. Now juniors are allowed to work wherever they wish, they can pop out to the shops for an hour, come home and wash and walk the dog, spend an hour on Tick Tock or whatever and then log off, all while the rest of us who bother to go to the office pick up the slack. It’s regretful the pandemic has permitted malingering and laziness to pervade and the results are clear from the economic downturn we are experiencing. The government really should have followed Mr Rees Mogg’s vision and lead and mandate a full five day office week, so we can go back to the way things were.
Who hurt you?
My mum’s neighbour used to have a Rees Mogg. Nice temperament but always used to bring in dead mice
Just because you’re a boomer that wants to be in the office full time and spend as little time as possible with your unhappy wife and kids at home, that doesn’t mean the vast majority of us feel the same.
What a sad little life Alan.
I wonder what Alan thinks about the 4 day week, probably wait and see what his oracle Rees Mogg’s position is first I suppose…