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Law firms have been among the slowest industries to adopt new workplace strategies, according to the 2018 Law Firm Workplace Survey from BDO Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services. The survey shows that only 8% of law firms have adopted open or flexible seating options and none use third-party office or co-working spaces to augment their current office configurations. Additionally, law firms occupy 30% more space per employee than office users in other industries.

“Cultural change is more acute within law firms, whose affinity for traditional ways of working remains strong,” David Bradford, managing director in BDO’s Corporate Real Estate Advisory Services, tells GlobeSt.com. “There are generational factors impacting the rate of adoption. The older generation of partners, who remain very influential as part of firm leadership, view space as a right and perk. It is a sense of accomplishment to have the “corner office” as opposed to taking a more holistic view point in understanding how employees truly work.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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