2020 has been, to put it mildly, a strange year. For local government lawyers’ professional lives, the biggest change has been the sudden almost blanket imposition of remote working with all the professional, technical and emotional challenges that brings.

To gauge the effect and future impact of remote working on the professional lives of local authority lawyers, Local Government Lawyer and LexisNexis ran two surveys in the summer – one of legal department management and another of all lawyers working in local authorities. Seventy heads of legal took part in the management survey, while 448 lawyers completed the general survey.

See our findings below...

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Home and away

Derek Bedlow looks at what the results of the research will mean for the future of working life for local government lawyers.

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Virtual courts, real justice

The lockdown has shown that online courts are here to stay. Neasa MacErlean looks at the experience of local government lawyers over the past few months and the lessons to be learned.

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Fit for the future

Supporting efficient remote working is now an imperative for local government legal departments, writes Simon Farthing.

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Covid-19: The impact on wellbeing of working from home

Lawcare’s Elizabeth Rimmer provides some tips for employees and employers on how to mitigate the downsides of remote working.

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