What Stage One of Alberta’s Re-launch Strategy Looks Like at Ogilvie LLP
With Stage One of Alberta’s re-launch strategy in place, Ogilvie LLP’s remote-access work environment may become a new business model.
When COVID restrictions set in, Ogilvie reacted with agility complying with health directives. The firm utilized a team approach with skeleton staff continuing ‘in-office’ operations, rotating with staff working from home. Ogilvie will incorporate two lessons learned from COVID: The ability to nimbly adapt to change and how quickly one needs to react to necessary safety protocols set out by Alberta Health Services.
Cleanliness and social distancing rules will remain in place while the firm pivots with a changed community. Now, more than ever, the firm is rallying together to provide its best level of service to meet client needs, including in the areas of Employment Law, Wills, Estates & Trusts, Commercial and Contract Law. These have always been areas of expertise in Ogilvie’s repertoire and the firm is seeing an increased need for advice in these areas in the context of the COVID pandemic. The firm’s doors are open. New measures, including remote access, enable the Ogilvie team to service clients in more safe and diverse ways than ever before.
A further example of one such measure is that clients who have a scheduled meeting at Ogilvie will have the option of wearing a complimentary safety mask upon arrival. Lisa Lusis, a paralegal at Ogilvie, started making masks during her time at home for family and friends to help keep them safe. She gifted a set of masks to other firm members because it seemed like, according to Lusis, “the natural thing to do”. Lusis is doing her part to help protect herself, family and friends within the community.
The summer months are always an exciting time at the firm and this year is no exception. Ogilvie is readying itself to welcome one summer student July 2 and two articling students in the fall. Reaching its 100 year milestone in 2020 reminds the team at Ogilvie of the important role the firm plays in providing practical educational experience to the next generation of legal minds in Alberta.