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In the last few months, many legal teams and law firms have adopted agile working policies, which has led to fee earners and other employees increasingly working from home or at least on a more flexible schedule.
Most lawyers are, by and large, able to carry on with their work remotely, as long as they have the right tools (such as, a laptop, smartphone, access to a secure online practice management or case management system and so on).
However, working away from the office comes with various risk and compliance issues which must be addressed, not least health and safety implications. This article will provides useful and practical tips on how to reduce risk and ensure compliance while your team work from home.
One of the often-overlooked risk and compliance issues related to flexible working is cybersecurity. Whilst some firms have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, which allows fee earners to use their personal laptops and smartphones for business, it is often difficult to maintain a uniform level of data protection - e.g. home WiFi networks can be easier for hackers to break into. So it’s vital that the IT department ensures that sufficient security measures are in place.
LexisNexis’ practice note Pandemic management information and cybersecurity - challenges and practical responses, under our TMT and Covid-19 content, addresses key information and cybersecurity risks to consider during a pandemic, with an unprecedented number of staff who are working from home. It covers: continued compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, as well as how to keep systems and devices secure and staff awareness.
As well as physical health, employers also have a leg
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Amy leads the content marketing strategy for LexisNexis UK, writing thought leadership and product content for marketing campaigns, insight reports and legal industry magazines. She is an established writer and researcher, having contributed in national publications, such as City A.M. and Financial IT. She is also one of the writers and digital editors of LexisNexis' insights blogs, the Future of Law and the In-house blog.
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