Risk Update

Covid-19 + Remote Work = Several Law Firms Pushing to Prevent Paper Risks

A Paperless Future? Top UK Law Firms Ban Printing During Pandemic” —

  • “Clifford Chance and DWF have banned their lawyers from working from printed documents during the coronavirus pandemic, as other firms implement new measures for hard copy usage while their lawyers work from home.”
  • “Client confidentiality is at the heart of many of these measures, according to several firms, with CC having banned the unnecessary printing of documents since March in a bid to discourage lawyers from leaving sensitive documents accessible within their home working spaces.”
  • “Pinsent Masons’ chief information security officer Christian Toon meanwhile said that the firm had taken a ‘flexible approach’ to printing, which includes implemented a range of measures to improve data security. ‘This includes central monitoring and oversight of what is being printed and where, advice and training on confidential destruction, and looking at specific client requirements and safeguarding data — all key components of data loss prevention strategies,’ he said in a statement.”