The Future of the Legal Workforce Survey  

Henderson Loggie Chartered Accountants, in conjunction with the Law Society of Scotland are gathering the views of key decision makers in the legal sector in Scotland on recruitment and retention, succession planning, artificial intelligence, and economic confidence.

In this short blog, David Smith, Managing Partner at Henderson Loggie considers the challenges facing the legal sector in Scotland, which in part are no different to wider global workforce challenges and opportunities. 

“The Scottish legal workforce, similar to other industries is experiencing a paradigm shift, driven by a number of factors, including but not limited to technology, recruitment and retention, succession planning and economic confidence levels.

With the advent of AI-powered technologies, routine tasks such as document review, legal research and due diligence are becoming increasingly automated. This not only expedites processes but also allows legal professionals to allocate more time to high value, strategic activities. While some may fear job displacement, AI is likely to augment the capabilities of legal professionals rather than replace them, enabling them to focus on complex problem-solving and client relationships.

As the global workforce embraces the flexibility and work-life balance offered by remote and hybrid working arrangements, law firms in Scotland are no exception. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this transition, leading in some cases to a re-evaluation of traditional work structures. Hybrid working is anticipated to become an important part of the future legal workforce, allowing firms to tap into a broader talent pool and enhance employee satisfaction.

Succession planning is a crucial aspect of ensuring the longevity and stability of law firms. As senior partners approach retirement, firms must strategically identify and develop the next generation of leaders. This involves not only assessing technical expertise but also cultivating leadership skills, client relationship management, and business acumen. By fostering a culture of mentorship and knowledge transfer, firms can facilitate a seamless transition of responsibilities and maintain client confidence.

We are encouraging key decision makers in the legal sector to complete this survey and share their views on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. It takes 5 minutes to complete, responses are entirely confidential and will contribute to an aggregated profession view. The findings will form the basis of a report which will include insights from industry experts and will be shared with all who complete the survey.”

David Smith, Managing Partner, Henderson Loggie

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