Why Redesign Law?
The practice of law is undergoing a fundamental transformation in the way legal work is acquired and done. Change is a fact of life, and the velocity of change is driving the creation of faster, more agile law firms. In the future, legal work will be done differently, with different team members, and under different organizational structures.
Work will be better managed, more collaborative, more transparent and more client-focused. The design of the law office in the future will need to address these rapidly changing influences which are fundamentally re-engineering how work is done. The law office of the future will be smaller, flexible, more collaborative, and technology enabled. It will look more like a business consulting firm than a law firm.
Over the course of 10 or 20 years, a legal office will undergo countless changes. The real key is building flexibility into a workplace from the start – today – so that the legal workplace can easily adapt to, and support, the needs and workstyles of the firm in the future.
SIX KEY POINTS
LESS IS MORE
Thoughtful Space Reduction
Reevaluation of space and implementation of strategies such as universal office sizes, wall-less offices, and mobility programs, will increase real estate efficiency
Average space reduction while simultaneously increasing headcount
Choice & Balance
Focus + Collaboration
Providing a balance of work settings within the office that give employees the choice of when and where to focus, collaborate, and socialize as needs dicate results in a high-performance workplace
Increase in employee satisfaction when employers offer choices
Adaptable & Reconfigurable Design
A workplace that meets the needs of your firm today, but can be reconfigured cost effectively to adjust to future work styles
Decrease in reconfiguring cost compared to traditional construction using modular building components, while minimizing disruption to business and rate of depreciation
From Tethered to Portable
Technology enables employees to communicate, collaborate, access data, and work from anywhere
Amount of IT traffic that will be generated by wireless devices in 2015
Connect the dots
Face-to-Face & Virtual Engagement
Communication and social capital are key to building and sustaining client relationships as well as meaningful personal connections with colleagues, locally and globally
Business professionals who believe that face-to-face communication builds stronger, more meaningful relationships
One size does not fit all
Crafting a Strategy for Your Firm
Each firm must select and implement strategies that best reinforce its unique culture and brand
“Opt-In” Change Management program employee participation from Day 1
THE POWER OF DESIGN
is an integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with a variety of projects ranging in scope from a wine label to urban design for a new city. We provide architecture, brand design, consulting, interior design, landscape, planning & urban design, product design and sustainability services.
Great design changes the way people experience space and place. At Gensler we believe that workplace design can be one of the most highly effective tools to help improve the productivity of employees.
A well-designed workplace creates ways for people to work more efficiently and effectively. It also communicates the culture and values of an organization, helping to improve employee commitment.
In an industry undergoing massive changes, such as the legal industry, firms must be fast, fluid and flexible. Law firm design should respond accordingly, enabling new ways of working while supporting both the individual and the team with information-rich and technology-enabled environments.