October 22, 2019

Pushing the Boundaries of Law Office Design

For years, we’ve seen trendy technologies start-ups, like Google and Uber, and co-working entities change and shape the design of the workplace. Today professional service provider firms for law, finance, tax, and accounting – are also transforming their workplaces and organizational cultures to operate more like their progressive counterparts. These traditional companies are finding value in adopting a transformative approach to office design. Law firms, in particular, are starting to adapt to the design of their offices to adjust to new trends in the profession.

The modern legal workspace

With the dynamic mix of generations in the workforce and the advent of new technologies, the way people work has drastically changed. Law firms should now require a space that allows for both balanced teamwork and focused work and provides the opportunity for continuous learning, even though the traditional one person office for lawyers seems to maintain as a holy grail.

There are several key trends currently impacting the legal profession. When included in space’s design, they help to improve a firm’s performance and enable organizations to attract, excite, and retain exceptional people.

CREDITS: WITHERS LLP, LONDON, UK

Real estate optimization

Envolving technologies coupled with the new economic realities have led law firms to re-imagine the type and quality of space they need. Changing client perceptions about legal services has encouraged law firms to take a critical eye to their real estate needs, often reducing their rentable space while maintaining attorney counts. The need to host clients in a luxurious office has been replaced with a clean, modern aesthetic that communicates success in a smart, savvy manner. Using space efficiently will become increasingly, important to maximize company assets while offering flexible environments that meet the needs of permanent office inhabitants and mobile workers alike.

CREDITS: WITHERS LLP, LONDON, UK
CREDITS: BRYAN CAVE LEIGHTON PAISNER OFFICES, HONG KONG

Choice

The most forward-thinking law firms offer work setting choices – an optimal mix of space that includes areas for focused work as well as collaborative settings for socialization. Today’s work environments support smaller communities and smaller work groups, as well as alternative workspaces such as benching, mobile and community zones. Even hoteling, a concept that designates areas that employees can call ahead and reserve for a day of work, and free address options that typically allow workers to choose their desks for a particular day or even a portion of the day. Offering these types of spaces also allow for the office to become an actual private space, enabling focus work without distraction.

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