Morning Briefing: Law firms see greatest increase in out of hours demands

by Steve Randall29 Jun 2015
Law firms see greatest increase in out of hours demands
New figures reveal that the working day for law firms has increased with a greater percentage increase in out of hours calls than other sectors. The data from telephone answering company AllDayPA shows that since 2012 the average increase in calls to businesses before 9am and between 6 and 8pm has been 41 per cent; for law firms it’s almost double. While IT and maintenance firms have seen out of hours calls increase by around the average, demand for lawyers out of hours has soared by 80 per cent. AllDayPA’s Sue Ratcliffe noted: “Clients are starting to care less about checking opening hours and just presume that if they’re working then others should be too.” She says it shows that working 9 to 5 is now a myth.
 
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