Impact of covid-19 on Legal Profession

The outbreak of corona virus (covid-19), which originated in Wuhan, China spread very quickly to various countries, many cases has been reported worldwide. As the corona cases continue to increase, it imposes huge costs on human lives, individuals, health systems, communities and economies. As with that it has also affected a lot on various fields and professions. Increase in corona cases lead to increase in unemployment. Almost all the sectors have been adversely affected by the situation of covid-19. The period of corona was a crucial period was everyone; each and every person was struggling for their safety and survival.

With that every person was also struggling for their jobs, every person was in the competition of settling their lives. Many people have to wash off their hands from their jobs; many companies and industries shut down; a lot of people were suffering for securing a job; people with jobs has to face problems with their salary cut-off. Small scale industries, person working on daily wages has to suffer a great loss. All the work was made online from school, colleges to offices and industries all work was done online. The covid-19 pandemic has changed legal, economic and social order.

Like all other professions and jobs, legal profession was also impacted largely. Legal professions like all other businesses and industries are facing new challenges their practice. During pandemic courts were shut down, proceedings were given a full stop, there were no trails. The impacts of the COVID-19 on the legal businesses and industries are numerous; including closures of law firms, the slowdown in services, absence of clients, cancellation of appointments and agreements by clients, decrease in the available workforce due to illness or isolation and difficulty to holding specific meetings and services. There was difficulty to maintain a balance between lawyers professional conduct responsibilities and clients responsibilities during the global pandemic.

According to Clio’s report legal professionals have been significantly affected by social restrictions and that many firms are seeing reduced client demand. The majority of legal professionals surveyed report experiencing significant disruption to their business since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. It is likely since consumers say they are more likely to delay seeking legal help if they were to experience a problem. Also, 77% of legal professionals surveyed say they have experienced many changes to the day-to-day operations of their law practice. Besides, 67% of legal professionals surveyed are much more worried about the success of their law business, and 57% are worried about making a living over the next few months. In comparison, 46% of clients are anxious about making a living over the next few months. According to this report, 56% of legal professionals surveyed have seen a significant decrease in the number of people reaching out to their law practice for legal services, and 53% report being significantly less busy at work. 49% of consumers say that if they were to experience a legal issue in the next two months, they would very likely put it off until circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic go back to normal.

After some period online proceedings and trails were started but this was done or we can say that it was not possible everywhere. The COVID-19 has created an environment of virtual workforce and distance practicing. The courts and law firms’ closures or limited access lead to the recognition of new technology in legal professionals. This situation leads to accepting the new technology in the legal professional practices. Lawyers should be prepared to participate in judicial hearings via teleconferencing or videoconferencing and other digital technologies and tools for conducting such operations.

After covid-19 situation:-

The employer‑employee relationship, unemployment and re-enter the workforce are new issues arising from after lockdown. Such clients who have been laid off or fired require immediate assistance to obtain their rights and profits. So according to current situation the legal professionals should also update themselves to current situation and also update their skills accordingly. Another impact is the increase in domestic violence; this situation requires increasing advocacy and access to justice and legal professional. Not only are these problems there many more problems which have taken place in these two years of corona. Considering the present situation lawyers should update their clients with the information of the current situation. They must explain the ongoing situation or circumstances which will affect their client.

Social distancing has become an important aspect today in everybody’s life so keeping in mind the present situation there should be made development in various things such as connectivity and technology because as we can see that though online proceedings and trails are taking place but due to lack of proper technology, internet connection, etc. many problems are created in such trails so as to cope up with such situation and also keeping in mind the future it has also become an important point to consider for now.

In conclusion, the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 is challenging many businesses and industries. It is crucial that lawyers continually trying to anticipate manage and adopt new measures to the appropriateness of their strategy. The legal profession needs to develop a new perspective based on the ongoing situation. The legal professional’s response to this crisis requires taking appropriate measures for reducing harmful effects on their businesses. It obliges lawyers to take measures to protect their business operations and to provide flexible, appropriate and affordable legal services to their clients.

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