Impact of Covid-19 on Legal Jobs
Hopefully, we are now going towards the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although this is fantastic news, that doesn’t necessarily mean the end to the issues that have arisen.
Recent data from various sources shows that the legal sector around the world has remained fairly stable throughout the pandemic. It is clear that there are some areas of the law that have suffered, but the general trends in numbers of regulated lawyers seen prior to the pandemic have continued and there is no considerable change.
On the other hand, working hours in many courts and dispute resolution tribunals have been limited which led to difficulties in serving justice. As a result, many lawyers have postponed or canceled their meetings with clients that have a significant impact on their income. Furthermore, law school exams, as well as bar exams, have been delayed in many countries which reduced the number of young lawyers.
With the national lockdowns easing since April, we have seen a gradual return to offices. Many governments still recommend that the lawyers should continue to try to see clients remotely and deliver services online, but if that isn’t possible, then face to face meetings (in client homes or offices) are permitted.