Location, Location, Location?

Location, Location, Location?

Last week, LexisNexis hosted a collaborative roundtable with Legal Geek: The Future of Work, sponsored by north-east investment programme, Invest Newcastle. Ushered in by a restless Jimmy Vestbirk, founder of Legal Geek, I am given a walk through at pace: unlike other events, which prefer a traditional format demarked by a rigid speaker/audience arrangement, these Roundtables shun the expected, and invite guests to speak up almost immediately whilst enjoying a beer or two—and don’t forget the pizza. Designed to promote collaboration, the evening saw lawyers freely workshop their ideas with peers; ponder their preoccupation with “privilege”, the imperative of owning London offices and the rising tide of self-determination. Joined by a panel of professionals who led the initial discussions, executives from Invest Newcastle and the Instant Group challenged guests to think about the future of law, and law firm.

The ongoing imperative of square footage came under fire early; as noted by several delegates, retaining property in the city is one of the few constructs that has failed to evolve overtime, and remains one of the biggest markers of prestige in the legal sector. Used as a shopfront for clients and new talent prospects, real estate looms large over the identity of any given law firm, and of course- is a big-ticket expense as a result. It’s undoubtedly true that the City has been constructed as a demonstration of prestige; magic-circle law firms vie for domination through innovative, and design led spaces, whilst smaller players, unable to afford the same design adornment, invoke agile work solutions, like hotdesking and flexi working to entice talent. Our delegates agreed:  London real estate was described by several guests as a “necessity” for big players in the legal world, regardless of any other work perks, in order to indicate prestige and standing. Office design was a

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Catherine is one of the Future of Law's digital editors. She graduated from Durham University with a degree in English Literature and worked at a barristers chambers before joining Lexis Nexis.