@HarrysLawLife teamed up with Kissoon Carr to hold an essay competition. Participants were asked to write a 500-word essay titled; ‘How do you think the legal sector will adapt to life after Covid-19?’
We had vast amounts of excellent entries, making it extremely competitive. The essay that stood out to us most was that of Hadiyah Shah. We featured Hadiyah on a minisode of the Legally Speaking Podcast so she could tell us more about her legal journey and entry.
You can find Hadiyah’s essay below:
We can expect the legal sector to have grasped the importance of utilising technology since the pandemic has resulted in a mass increase of remote working. The legal sector may struggle to adapt to life after Covid-19 unless there is a major investment in an online programme. Remote working is in contradiction with billable hours, and there needs to be a standardisation of productivity, which can still be maintained outside of an office. Remote working involves accessing online platforms, such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, the Cloud and Google Drive. However, such software is prone to cyber-attacks, and given the delicate nature of certain aspects of law, maintaining client confidentiality and data protection are of the utmost importance. Therefore, I would advise that the legal sector invests in their IT department to ensure that remote working, if necessary in the future, is defended against cyber-attacks. Having worked from home, some employees may find the idea of commuting to the office unappealing, and firms will need to accommodate such preferences. Any work that can be efficiently and effectively carried out remotely or digitally should be done so, as it could reduce operating costs. The Courts must commit to the digitisation of court proceedings wherever possible. We should not forget that the legal sector also involves educational institutions. A traditional law degree is valued more than an online equivalent; however, there must be a change in attitude, especially since the 2020 cohort of prospective lawyers will have CV’s saturated with virtual vacation schemes and internships. The legal sector must embrace the unknown, and the challenges ahead.
The other top essay entries were that of Amy Weir-Simmons, Bethany Brown, Maia Crockford, and Thalia Sheriff Horner. You can read them all using the links below!