Andrew Stoutley, chief operating officer of Tilleke & Gibbins, was quoted by Asian Legal Business (ALB ) in a recent article looking at the ways law firms in Southeast Asia are returning to the office after the extended period of working from home during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak. The magazine interviewed a number of partners and executives from firms across Southeast Asia to understand the pacing and procedures that law firms are following as they explore their options during this time of uncertainty.
All of the firms reported that they were able to successfully continue their work even with most or all of their personnel working from home. While approaches for moving ahead understandably vary somewhat based on the conditions in each country, firms are generally in the process of shifting back to full office staffing, or are planning to do so as soon as it becomes safe to do so.
Andrew explains in the article that Tilleke & Gibbins’ team members who had been working from home during the crisis were now gradually coming back to work at the office on a fixed rotation schedule. However, he emphasized that this has been happening in a very controlled process: “The firm does not see any reason to rush the return to the office, given how well it has adapted to remote working on such a wide scale.”
To read the full article, please visit the ALB website.