Editors note: This is the third entry in The New Normal?, a Law.com series that aims to make sense of what the future of work in the legal industry looks like. Here are parts one and two

More and more law firm leaders are embracing in-office mandates, while personnel remain unwilling to relinquish the flexibility they’ve gained over multiple years of remote work. On paper, the idea of “core hours” would appear to meet the demands of both parties. But in reality, the idea has largely been a nonstarter in the law firm world, owing both to lawyers’ expectations of autonomy and to the nature of their relationships with clients.

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