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For European partners, the end of these lunches marks a significant turning point in lawyer culture.

Lunch meetings have long been a staple part of building relationships with clients. But U.K. and European government measures to limit face-to-face contact in a bid to curb the rise of the Coronavirus in 2020 have heavily affected the way industry relationships work.

For Southern European lawyers, where longer lunches are a key part of social and business culture, this has led to dramatic changes in their accustomed interactions with clients.

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Varsha Patel

Varsha joined Legal Week in October 2019 after working as a senior editor at LexisNexis. She covers continental Europe and the in-house market. You can reach her on [email protected]

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