In the 24/7 culture of the modern law firm, workplace takes on a special significance. Space must be functional, flexible, cost-effective, and true to the culture, branding and stature of the firm.
By tracking trends within the legal sector we help our clients stay ahead of the curve in maintaining a flexible, efficient real estate portfolio aligned with the strategic direction of their business and the underlying trends, opportunities and challenges of the wider industry sector.
Our sector specialists understand the premium placed on flexibility and the need to maintain high-quality office spaces while controlling costs. Some of the real estate challenges specific to the legal sector include:
- Choosing real estate that enhances and reflects the firm’s brand
- Creating the legal workplace of the future to retain and attract the best clients, employees, and prospects
- Increasing globalization has more firms eyeing expansion or mergers and acquisitions in overseas markets, especially in the BRIC economies and other markets in Asia
- Increasing competition is putting pressure on prices and moving the focus to value-added services and cost reduction
- Firms are considering a range of options – including outsourcing non-core functions to external service providers, offshoring work to countries with lower labor costs, relocating support functions to cheaper locations and generally using space more efficiently and cost-effectively
- Integrating the latest technology to the workplace
How Can We Add Value?
Our Legal Sector Group members deliver expert insight into real estate and work space areas that support the efforts of partners and employees. Our unique cross-border approach examines the effect of property on core business strategy, analyzing its impact on clients, human resources, operations, finances and the current business environment.
Our team of professionals include a mix of designers, project managers, change managers, facilities managers, transaction specialists and business consultants whose skills are combined to meet your varied and complex requirements across the globe. Some of the services we provide are:
From real estate due diligence for merger and acquisition activity, to location analysis and portfolio optimisation programmes, we help you deliver against your business objectives while reducing risk.
We help you optimise the value of your property while considering the impact on your firm’s balance sheet; implementing everything from global lease administration, lease abstraction and database management to strategic analysis and decision-making support.
Our transaction specialists can advise and facilitate smoother transactions, whether it’s a full property search and relocation or simply a lease renewal.
Project and change management
We help you deliver real estate projects on time, within budget, to specification and in keeping with organizational and people objectives. Our team can help you manage the implementation of projects – from fit-outs to new builds – as well as the impact on your operations and people, through extensive move management and change management services. Other services include design, project monitoring and consulting.
We use best-in-class processes, procedures, and technology to ensure your work environments are safe and highly-productive. Our teams help you balance costs, manage and mitigate operational risk, and achieve client Corporate Social Responsibility goals through progressive sustainability and energy management programs.
We help to reduce the environmental impact of your property to comply with legislation and to save costs.
Experience and Resources
Our legal clients benefit from an experienced team, including sector specialists in markets across Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East; all backed by our global network of nearly 15,000 employees worldwide and our industry-leading technology and collaboration platforms.
We work with a broad range of clients within the media sector, including Allen & Overy, Ashurst, O'Melveny & Myers, Milbank and Paul Hastings.