Editorial: On your side in dark days

Editorial: On your side in dark days

Graham Ogilvy

As we enter the darkest days we have faced since World War Two, the thoughts of the team at Irish Legal News are with our readers and their families – but also with the many law firms which have only recently recovered from the crash of 2008 and its consequences. They now face an even greater challenge, and not just in the immediate short term.

There is a real danger of a deep recession bordering on a depression when we emerge from the coronavirus crisis. Even if the recession is deep but short, as predicted by some economists, it will have profound repercussions for some of our more fragile law firms who provide valued legal services to their communities across the island of Ireland.

It will be a seismic event too in the way that working practices may change after lessons learned about home-working and the attractiveness or limitations of artificial intelligence in this digital age.

Ireland’s lawyers have shown themselves to be resilient, dynamic and imaginative – qualities that will drawn upon in the next few months as the legal landscape is redrawn.

Irish Legal News is proud to be by your side and on your side, reporting daily on the fast-changing legal scene and campaigning for access to justice and a proper and fully-funded legal aid system.

Just like most law firms, we are preparing to make the changes necessary to maintain a service that is valued by our fast-growing readership.

We believe that, in the difficult days ahead, Irish Legal News can play a vital role in keeping the legal community in touch and maintaining morale. And we have already noticed a significant increase in reader engagement since most lawyers went into home-working.

So, we will continue to publish on a daily basis and welcome your input more than ever. In lockdown, you may find that you finally have the time to write that blog or opinion piece that you’ve always meant to get around to. If so, we would like to hear from you. We welcome your news and home-working tips – upbeat, fun and cheery stories most welcome!

Our editor Connor Beaton be contacted at connor@irishlegal.com and our redoubtable advertising manager Jeff Anderson remains at his post on jeff@irishlegal.com and +353 (0) 1695 0329 or +44 (0) 1292 479443.

I would like to thanks all of our readers, contributors and advertisers who have made Irish Legal News such a success.

Good luck to all in the weeks ahead. And, please, stay safe.

Graham Ogilvy

Managing editor

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