Morning Briefing: Does your law firm need a ping pong table?

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Does your law firm have a ping pong table?
Law firm offices are not always the most inviting places either for clients or their lawyers but it seems that times are changing. On a recent tour of 16 top law firms Colin Scarlett of real estate firm Colliers International discovered how law firms are evolving their business and their offices. Among the most prevalent trends; open layouts, most popular in Australia and the UK encouraging greater collaboration; ‘play areas’ to make working hours more enticing such as a ping pong table and a pizza oven; and greater ability for lawyers to balance work and life such as home-working solutions. Some firms are adding a touch of hotel-style glamour to the client experience with concierge services replacing the traditional receptionist. There is also a focus on the physical location of the law firm with some choosing to relocate to prestigious addresses to create a buzz. Scarlett says that smart law firms are using their offices to claim and reclaim their place in the market.
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  • Sonofkevin on 4/08/2015 1:37:26 PM

    I agree with PJ - Having worked in both open plan and traditional 'closed door' office environments, I find that the open office shaves a good 20% off my efficiency. The open office layout has to be one of the biggest generators of distraction, inefficency and stress in every office I have worked in. I have no wish to hear the details of my colleague's private lives, nor do I find noise and bustle conducive to careful thinking and analysis...

  • Paul Jayne on 4/08/2015 8:34:58 AM

    Does Your Law Firm Have a Ping Pong Table article - 4/8/15

    While I agree that internal layouts are not that inviting, I would strongly caution against embracing an open office layout. Having worked in one for many years - for acoustic privacy and an uninterrupted ability to concentrate - you just can't beat a door.

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