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Last week, the world’s largest law firm, Dentons, announced that it will be closing two of its UK offices following the success of remote working during the pandemic. It won’t be the only one. 

As law firms face the reality of only being able to operate their offices at 10 or 15% capacity for the foreseeable future, there has been a moment of realization for lawyers as they find they can actually work remotely quite successfully. An industry once famous for its hesitation to adopt technology has been forced to transform how it uses it overnight, as hearings and trials take place on video-conferencing platforms and law schools transition to online learning. 

Meanwhile, miles of premium office real-estate sit eerily empty. While the question of a full-time return to the office remains open, there is no doubt that the changes to the way lawyers work will continue long after social distancing is forgotten. Critical to this is technology, which lawyers have been adopting across their entire practice. From more basic tools such as video-conferencing platforms to advanced software that can read and analyze documents, lawyers are embracing technology like never before. To put it into perspective, we have seen a 30% increase in customers in the last six months alone. 

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