DLA Piper says it moved its entire staff to home-working within 36 hours thanks in large part to its collaborative administrative resource model, underpinned by legal specific workflow solution BigHand Now.

Norma Spearman, chief legal support officer at DLA Piper said: “When COVID-19 started to become more widespread, we realised the best option to protect the health and safety of our workforce was to move to 100% remote work. As part of that transition, we tapped into each of our assistants and had them reach out to each attorney to ensure they had BigHand Now downloaded on to their computers, and walk them through how easy it is to use the tool, before they left the office.”

The workflow solution helps firms to ensure that remote working is optimised for support staff and lawyers, so that client service delivery remains optimal. With full visibility of the workflow, firms can better understand which types of work are being delegated, what the progress of certain tasks are at any time, and are able to easily move work around to optimise resource capacity.

Spearman said: “The most important part of the onboarding process is to select a few workflow types, engage subject matter experts to provide a strong support system, which can be done remotely and make sure staff understand their role within the team concept. Law firms are used to working in silos, but BigHand helped us to convey that there is a more efficient, better way of prioritising and getting work done.”

DLA first implemented the technology in 2018 to all 28 US offices over a five-week period, a rapid deployment supported by a detailed communication and training plan, including webinars.

Sonji Le Blanc, senior manager for legal support services said: “The message was simple: “Don’t let your work get lost in email”. With BigHand we can make sure it gets done. If the local team doesn’t have the capacity, it’s very easy to give it to someone who can do it right away and get your needs met.”

Ensuring work is not lost in email is more important than ever at this time. With no one sitting next to each other and important information suddenly buried in individual screens across the country, having visibility of key workflow data is crucial to maintain high service standards.

Le Blanc adds, “The beauty of BigHand is that anyone with the relevant skills can pick up and complete work in a timely fashion. However, people are now also communicating and talking to each other in ways they never did before, asking each other how a certain task was done, and asking for help. The distance has made them closer in terms of reaching out to each other.”

You can read the case study here: https://www.bighand.com/en-gb/resources/case-studies/dla-piper-moves-to-remote-working-practices-in-36-hours-during-covid-19-pandemic-as-a-result-of-strong-it-infrastructure-and-technology-support/