Author(s): Naomi Beard Nelson, Mary Ellen Connerty and Michelle Egan

Publication date: Mar 2024

Format: A4 Softback

Pages: 128

Price: £95.00

ISBN: 9781787429284

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As the legal profession continues to struggle with disproportionately elevated levels of behavioral health issues such as depression, burnout, and substance misuse, we’ve learned that only leadership can institute the changes required to stem this tide. Culture in Law Firms is the exact book needed at this pivotal time to guide our profession to a substantive transformation of the way the practice and business of law is conducted. The authors’ attention to hybrid workplaces, generational effects, and change management tactics makes this a must read for all leaders in the legal space and is one that I expect to turn to often in my consulting work.

- Bree Buchanan, JD, Senior Advisor, Krill Strategies; Co-founder, Institute for Well-Being in Law; Commissioner, IBA Professional Well-Being Commission

Post-COVID-19, most law firms have embraced a hybrid working culture, presenting a unique challenge: how best to combine the flexibility of remote working with the benefits of working together in person. This Special Report examines how the recent culture shift has affected law firms, explores post-pandemic law firm management trends, and explains how law firm leaders can cultivate strong bonds within the firm and with clients, as well as retain and engage top talent.

Crucial to all this is the integration of effective culture; diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I); and well-being strategies:

  • Culture: The authors explore how firms, as part of the ‘return-to-office’ pitch, have sought to articulate what’s unique about their workplace and demonstrate how some level of in-person work is essential to forging strong relationships between colleagues and clients.
  • DE&I: The authors also look at how firms are developing their return-to-office diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and how this is underpinned by increased productivity and engagement from staff who are adequately equipped to balance work responsibilities with personal needs.
  • Well-being: With increased awareness of the importance of employees’ physical and mental health, the need for workplaces to embrace and support employee well-being is examined, with a spotlight shone on current best practices for advancing well-being in a high-intensity law firm environment.

Culture in Law Firms offers unique insights and expert guidance for senior law firm management (including managing partners, chairs, executive committee members, c-suite professionals and HR departments) as they navigate the ‘new normal’ to develop robust strategies for the hybrid workplace and beyond.