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Future of agile working - how tech will solve the connectivity and productivity puzzle?

With law firms asking the question of whether their lawyers will continue working from home post-pandemic, Rebecca McGuirk and Emma Burrows of Trowers and Hamlins ask technology expert, Alan Valentine, about how technology will be essential for hybrid-working.

Alongside Trowers' partners Emma Burrows and Rebecca McGuirk, Alan gave his expert views on how technology will be the answer to many of the issues we face when working agile including increased productivity and to help us stay connected as teams.

Have you tried a fully virtual AI meeting? According to Alan, the fully immersive experience of a virtual meeting is definitely the way forward as many businesses trial new ways of optimising meetings, from automated scheduling tools, workflow programmes and full facial recognition to check if you are paying attention in a meeting.

It perhaps isn't surprising when polled that over 98% of attendees have increased the use of technology over the last 12 months. When asked if they intend to invest in further tech in the near future, 60% said they would invest in more tech to help with connectivity in a hybrid world, 46% of attendees said they would be investing in tech to improve productivity and 21% said tech would help improve teambuilding. With hybrid working here to stay, tech is certainly on the forefront of employer's minds.

With a myriad of privacy and data protection considerations, we also explored the legal implications as businesses invest more in tech to aid productivity and connectivity.

About the speakers

Emma Burrows

Emma Burrows

Emma is a partner and head of the Trowers & Hamlins' Employment department which she founded. Emma has specialised in employment law for over 30 years.

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Rebecca McGuirk

Rebecca McGuirk

Rebecca has specialised in employment law for 20 years. She is known for her down to earth and solution driven approach. Rebecca advises daily on the wide range of employment issues that arise. Rebecca acts for a wide range of clients including those in the public, private and third sector.

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