A 3-Year REsearch Project to Map the future of Legal work

Legal  Hybrid work


HYBRID WORK (flexibel working arrangements) is one of the greatest shifts in legal work in the past century. As such, it will profoundly disrupt recruiting, training, and leadership in the legal sector. However, research on hybrid work is practically non-existent – making HR management in the legal sector extremely precarious in the coming years. 

In this research project, we seek to bridge this gap in legal work life. 

Hybrid work holds tremendous promise in terms of:

  • increasing retention of female associates
  • improving work-life balance
  • reducing stress
  • enhancing performance
  • lowering staff turnover
  • strengthening employer branding

But if not implemented properly hybrid work may backfire and lead to:

  • greater gender divide (with subsequent higher levels of turnover in female staff)
  • poor professional development of associates
  • in-groups and out-groups
  • unfair promotions
  • weak cross practice communications
  • reduced creativity and innovation
  • erosion of the social life of the firm and


This is a multi-year research project that systematically maps the new work-life for lawyers. In collaboration with bar associations, law firms, and law students’ organizations, current lawyer-specific data is collected via surveys and analysed.

The goal is to identify opportunities and challenges related to all aspects of the talent management cycle, as well as leadership, in the new conditions. 


Head Researcher Jens Näsström has built a uniquely long data series with lawyer metrics that stretches back to 2005. By comparing his data collected before the pandemic with current data (harvested under the pandemic), new patterns can be identified. These are then triangulated with the research of others’. 

Most of the data is collected via anonymous online surveys. Particularly thorny areas of interest are explored in interviews. 


Webinar TopicDateWebinar Details
Law students under the pandemic – what do they want now?May 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:30 amView More
May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pmView More


Participating Organisations 2021

  • The Swedish Bar Association
  • The Finnish Bar Association
  • JURO (national association for Swedish law students)
  • Mannheimer Swartling
  • Bech-Bruun
  • Borenius
  • Dittmar & Indrenius
  • MAQS
  • Setterwalls, Malmö
  • Setterwalls, Göteborg

Participating Organisations 2020

  • Cirio Law firm 
  • Baker McKenzie 
  • Beech-Bruun Law Firm 
  • Borenius Attorneys Ltd.
  • Advokatfirman Cederquist
  • Dittmar & Indrenius Attorneys Ltd.
  • Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå
  • MAQS Advokatbyrå
  • Moll Wendèn Advokatbyrå
  • QAP Legal
  • Advokatfirmaet Thomessen
  • White & Case

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