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We Need to Talk About The Office – Professional Practices Alliance Panel Discussion – 6 October 2020, 11.30 am – 12.30 pm BST

Last week the Government told us that office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter. This comes at a time when many professional firms had made their offices COVID secure and had started to implement return to the office initiatives. 
We are delighted to invite you to join the Professional Practices Alliance webinar discussion of this highly topical issue on Tuesday, 6 October at 11.30 am BST. Apologies for the short notice, but many firms are reeling from these new announcements, so we want to address the issues quickly. A recording will be available for those who cannot join the webinar.

We plan a wide-ranging discussion, ideally guided by questions and comments from attendees, and we hope to address the following questions.

• What will firms do differently this time?

• How much flexibility should firms give their workforce to determine whether they can work ‘effectively’ from home?

• What positive lessons can firms learn from the previous experience of long-term remote working? How can we build on these?

• What does the workforce want?

• How are firms grappling with the divergent views of partners on national COVID measures?

• What is the long-term future of the office? Is it too early/uncertain to be making long-term decisions?
Date: Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Time: 11.30 am – 12.30 pm BST

Professional Practices Alliance panel:

Beth Hale, CM Murray LLP – Partnership and Employment Law specialist
Claire Watkins, Buzzacott LLP – Partner and Head of Professional Practices Group
Robert Millard, Cambridge Strategy – Law Firm Management Consultant  
Chair: Corinne Staves, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP – Partnership and LLP Law specialist

We also plan to break into small groups briefly during the webinar to allow attendees to share their experiences and ideas with a small group of peers.  The break-out discussions will not be recorded.
This Zoominar will be an informal discussion so there will be an opportunity to comment and pose questions throughout the discussion, but please let us know in advance if there are any specific points that you would like us to address – please email Daniella Brann.