Legal News Exchange: Return to the Workplace Webinar

Members of The Law Society’s Law Management Section Committee hosted the Legal News Exchange: Return to the Workplace webinar on 15 June 2020.  This free online event covered the fundamental risk assessment checks and steps law firms should make now to ensure a safe return to the office; what the ‘new normal’ looks like for law firms which covers a practical plan for re-entering the workplace, and an example of how one high street law firm in Wales is preparing for the weeks and months ahead.

Key Content

  • David Gilmore discusses risk assessments and the practical steps that law firms can take in preparing the office and their staff for a return to work after lockdown.
  • Nadia Biles Davies discusses the future of work and working post COVID-19 including opportunities and challenges.  Nadia suggests a practical plan for how law firms can assess what the ‘new normal’ looks like for them; key steps and considerations.
  • Clive Thomas provides a practical case study into how Watkins & Gunn are preparing to adapt to a return to the office.

Target Audience

The webinar is suitable for law firm owners and partners, operations professionals, practice managers/directors and office managers.


A number of useful resources are available to download from Legal News Wales website.

Recorded Webinar

Please see a recording of the webinar below:


David Gilmore, Director and Founder, DG Legal and LMS Committee Member

David founded DG Legal in 2000. It is the largest provider of strategic and compliance services operating in the legal sector only in England and Wales.

He has worked with hundreds of law firms and several government departments including the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Legal Services Commission.  He has also advised dozens of charities involved in the legal sector.

David has designed software to assist practitioners including Email Checker and Compliance Caddy, a best in class cloud-based practice management software that reduces the time that the COLP, COFA and Practice Managers spend on compliance, GDPR and training administration.  In 2016 David was appointed as a Commissioner advising Lord Bach on policy relating to Justice and Legal Aid.

Nadia Biles Davies, Chief Operating Officer, Sharpe Pritchard LLP and Vice Chair of the LMS

Nadia is Vice Chair of The Law Society’s Law Management Section; a community for partners, leaders and practice managers in legal businesses. The section provides support and guidance through their magazine, webinars, events and Financial Benchmarking Survey. Nadia is the chief operating officer at Sharpe Pritchard Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents where her focus is on strategic business operations, people management, marketing and business development.

Sharpe Pritchard acts for public bodies, commercial clients and other organisations on a wide range of public law matters including significant public sector projects. It has dedicated teams specialising in commercial assurance, adjudication advice and strategic consultancy support services.

Clive Thomas, Managing Partner, Watkins & Gunn and Co-opted Member of the LMS

Clive is the managing partner of South Wales law firm, Watkins & Gunn, specialising in personal injury work. He is a former winner of the Leading Wales Award for Leadership in the Private Sector.

Clive is a past president of Cardiff and District Law Society, Monmouthshire Incorporated Law Society and the Association of South Western Law Societies.

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