IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C2.3, Convention Centre, Level 2

Session information

The law firm of the future: do we need so much office space? What configuration will accommodate lawyers in mobile, agile workplaces?
Room C2.3, Convention Centre, Level 2


Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
Real Estate Section


Firms of all sizes are clearly looking at costs – the second biggest cost item (after salaries) is usually real estate. Square foot (or metre) cost per lawyer is a key performance indicator (KPI) on which many firms are increasingly focused. Office layout is a very hot topic – and not just for big firms; indeed, it may be much easier for small and medium-sized firms to make bold moves. This session will take a very broad-ranging look at office layout, and its impact both on cost and firm culture, including: • cost savings through a new approach to office layout; • given the growth of ‘flexible working’ providing ‘flexible offices’; • increasing efficiencies through office layouts; and • improving (or damaging) firm culture by office design.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Máximo Bomchil Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina; IBA Council MemberColegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Stephen Revell -, Singapore, Singapore; Member, Law Firm Management Committee Advisory Board


Andrew Cunningham MinterEllison, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Moira Huggard-Caine TozziniFreire Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil; IBA Council MemberCentro de Estudos das Sociedades Avogados (CESA)
Steve James Martin Gensler, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Robert Millard Cambridge Strategy Group , Cambridge, England; Co-Chair, Law Firm Management Committee
Brian Salter AMP, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sai Ree Yun Yulchon LLC, Seoul, South Korea