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Several lawyers said they had spent more than four hours on a single video call. Photo: Shutterstock.com

“I was on back-to-back Zoom calls for eight hours yesterday, and I’ve just finished a four-hour video call about something that absolutely could have been talked about over email,” sighs one weary partner at a U.S. firm in London.

His frustration is typical of many working in the legal industry. While long hours are nothing new for lawyers, he says that a new low has been reached in his tiredness — even his teenage daughter had picked up on his zombie-like manner following a particularly dull series of video calls.

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Hannah Roberts

Hannah joined Legal Week in May 2018 after finishing her degree at Kingston University. Her areas of focus are corporate, M&A, private equity and restructuring at UK and City-based US law firms. [email protected]

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