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Friday
Mar182016

Do I Really Need My Office? 

Image © Bethany Legg

As the debate over next generation legal offices carries on, we are seeing an acceptance of open plan settings amongst fee earners at a number of U.K.-headquartered law firms. This slow yet growing trend is still far from the norm when it comes to legal office design, and it may always pale in comparison to the percentage of firms who oppose a cellular occupation.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Transforming Regional Law Firms

Brach Eichler LLC. Image © Chris Leonard

As work becomes more collaborative and firms recognize the importance of presenting a cohesive and dynamic brand to clients and potential clients, the behemoths of the legal industry have taken it upon themselves to hire design firms from large markets to retool their workspaces.

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Thursday
Feb122015

Business As Unusual: Gensler’s Legal Innovation Lab and the Law Firm of the Future

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The practice of law is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Over my three- decade career as a designer of law firms, I have watched the industry change in response to specific market trends. Indeed, Gensler’s own research on law firms has highlighted shifts in the legal profession. However, today more than ever before the practice of law is buffeted by unexpected and unpredicted challenges forcing every facet of the industry, from law firms big and small to in-house legal teams, to rethink business as usual.

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Tuesday
Feb102015

Telling Your Story

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For law firms of all sizes and scope, personality is an essential component of a firm’s DNA. Every firm is unique, and a firm’s individual character, alongside its reputation, is often what differentiates it from competitors and attracts clients and future recruits.

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Monday
Jun022014

Re-Designing Law for an Uncertain Future

Is this what a legal office of the future could look like? Image © Gensler

As one of the leaders of the law firm practice here at Gensler, I spend a lot of time considering the future of law, and what how law firm design can and should support the way firms and legal industry professionals will work five, 10, even 20 years from now. Given that the industry is undergoing profound changes with new business pressures pushing in from all sides, it is challenging to plan for a future that is largely unwritten. For a quick primer on the business drivers impacting the legal industry today, check this out.

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