In March of last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading rapidly across the globe and the world’s major cities were transformed into ghost towns, the global head of the legal services arm of Big Four accounting firm KPMG predicted that the COVID-19 crisis would change the way law is practiced worldwide.

Stuart Fuller, who is based in Australia, told International correspondent Christopher Niesche in a prescient interview that the transformation would be particularly pronounced for traditional law firms, where lawyers had still been expected to be in the office and where there was a premium placed on in-office face time. “I think that working from home in this forced environment will change that,” he said.