With millennials and clients in mind, McCabe Curwood revamps Sydney office model

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McCabe Curwood is revamping its office model in Sydney with the opening of another office and the implementation of agile-working policies as the firm listens to its millennial lawyers and focuses on the needs of its clients.

The newly merged firm is planning to open another office in a yet-to-be-revealed A-grade building in Chatswood. The office, which it dubs a “Future Workplace,” will become the base of its insurance and government practice groups, as well as members of its management team. The firm’s commercial group will continue to have MLC Centre as their home base.

The firm is also set to equip its two existing floors at the MLC Centre with a dedicated area for seamless collaboration between its staff in Chatswood and the Sydney CBD. The opening of a new office and the retrofit of its more established home marks the launch of what the firm calls a hub-and-spoke model.

The model allows the firm to grow and to better service clients, said Andrew Lacey, McCabe Curwood managing principal.

“The business case for moving outside of the CBD is compelling. We will be able to build a larger team, and continue to produce high quality work, and deliver greater value to our clients. This approach to the workplace has been endorsed by our clients, many of whom have been pursuing decentralisation policies for some time,” he said.

The new model is also a result of the firm listening to its millennial lawyers.

“The other factor in the move is that for the first time ever, greater than 50% of our firm are Millennials, who tell us that workplace flexibility and mobility is highly desirable,” Lacey said.

McCabe Curwood is also implementing agile-working policies, including encouraging lawyers to take a dress-for-your-day approach to office attire.

“We are creating a new and vibrant workplace – an enjoyable place to work, with a quality fit-out, that encourages mobility and innovation,” said Scott Kennedy, a principal at McCabe Curwood’s insurance division. “We want employees to be able to enjoy the best of both worlds; an enjoyable and light filled workplace that has access to services like excellent child care and transport, as well as access to the CBD as and when they need it.”

“By using tech in a smart way, we can deliver faster results for our clients, while giving our employees the mobility and flexibility that they desire,” he ended.

Last month, McCabe Curwood promoted 35 lawyers and vowed to expand in Sydney and beyond.


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