IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017
8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017
Room C2.3, Convention Centre, Level 2
The law firm of the future: do we need so much office space? What configuration will accommodate lawyers in mobile, agile workplaces?
Monday 9 October (1115 - 1230)
Law Firm Management Committee
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)
|Andrew Cunningham||MinterEllison, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Moira Huggard-Caine||Centro de Estudos das Sociedades de Advogados (CESA), 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 Limited, Cambridge, England; Co-Chair, Law Firm Management Committee|
|Brian Salter||AMP, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Sai Ree Yun||Yulchon LLC, Seoul, South Korea|