As coronavirus numbers in Australia continue to decline, law firms are planning to make more flexible work arrangements a permanent feature of the working week. However, time in the office will remain essential for collaboration and learning, they say.

“The pandemic has helped to debunk a lot of myths about the effectiveness and practicality of remote working,” said Sydney-based Andrew Pike, Herbert Smith Freehills’ executive partner responsible for Asia and Australia. “It has demonstrated that our people and teams can work effectively with our clients and each other while working from home.”