Change the Office Narrative


Current law firm design is based on an outdated model that’s been around for almost 100 years. The distribution of space within a law firm is based on the belief that legal work is meant to be done individually, and the private office is a symbol of status and success. However, legal work and law office culture are changing rapidly. To stay current, law firms need to look at creating collaborative zones, integrating updated technology and increasing the ease of mobility for lawyers to work remotely.

Modern Law Office

The Modern Law Firm


The need to host clients in a luxurious office has now been replaced with a clean, modern aesthetic that uses space more efficiently. Firms are now reducing their rental space but maintaining the number of attorneys. Reducing office size by 100 square feet at a rental rate of $50 per sq. ft. can deliver a savings of $250,000 a year – or $2.5 million over a 10-year lease. Changing office norms place increasing importance on maximizing company resources while offering flexible environments. New technologies such as remote collaboration and online cloud sharing services are becoming common in law firms to allow for flexibility. Additionally, virtual law libraries, tablets and laptops are the new standard for lawyers entering the workforce. Ensuring your firm is equipped with the latest technology will benefit all attorneys.
Today’s progressive firms are embracing transparency to support a more open and inclusive work environment. Elements such as glass-fronted offices and conference rooms encourage natural light and help to remove barriers. Transparency can translate into non-visual elements as well, such as being transparent in sharing your knowledge to mentor associates.

Details Your Clients Will Notice

Reception Seating

Reception Area
• Avoid couches and group seating. Buy at least eight individual side and arm-chairs to give clients a feeling of privacy and security.
• Use high quality fabrics on the chairs that reflect the design of the firm.
• Avoid ostentatious designs that may raise questions about the use of client fees.

Conference Room

Conference Room
• Buy the best technology and accessories you can afford. Modern items last longer and are easier to use, which is good for your long-term budget.
• Choose one colour and material for all seating to create a consistent look.
• Install bookshelves with law-related reading material for display.

Private Office

Private Offices
• Display all degrees and credentials oriented to face the client.
• Provide a small coffee table and comfortable chairs to utilize if the conference room is booked.
• Keep a professional and tidy office by using filing cabinets and storage solutions for loose papers.

Law Office Trends


Health and Wellness
As sustainability and wellness become increasingly important in the workplace, law firms are beginning to shift towards healthier practices. Some examples include providing healthy snacks, physical activities in multi-use spaces and ergonomic office furniture. Consider integrating standing desks for lawyers to utilize, and ensure they have a fully adjustable chair. A law career comes with a great deal of stress. Teach your staff how to manage pressure and deadlines as part of their work day. Simple tasks such as taking short breaks and staying hydrated can increase morale and productivity in the office.

Bright Modern Office

Office Design and Materials
In modern law offices, managers are replacing heavy wood furniture with more reflective materials, such as steel or glass, to create a high-tech, expansive feel. Lower height workstations increase the open feeling, as do interior glass doors and windows that let natural light in. Additionally, environmentally conscious office furniture is becoming more common. These pieces are either made of recycled materials or designed for recycling at the end of their lives. Using bonded leather is a great way to maintain a sophisticated look while helping the environment.

Modern working area

Design a Functional Law Firm


Space planning experts work with you to design the optimal floor plan for your law firm, taking into account employee roles, technology, and equipment requirements. After discussing your needs, our space planners decide on the most efficient use of your office and make furniture and layout recommendations to enhance communication and improve workflow. They render these designs in 2-dimensional drawings and 3- dimensional computer models to put the vision on paper. You’ll see the finished layout, complete with furniture, before the first product goes in. Visit to learn more.