Trends in Law Firm Space Planning, by Jones Lang LaSalle
The legal profession continues to be dynamic in space requirements and real estate needs, with ratios of professionals, office sizes, usage of libraries and filing volume just a few of the evolving elements, says the Jones Lang LaSalle 2012 Law Firm Perspective report.
- Offices for attorneys have been standardized to two: partner and associate, or one-sized for reduced movement.
- Administrative assistants are being grouped into teams that have helped reduce the ratio of attorney to assistant from 3:1 to 7:1.
- Document storage needs are shrinking, which recovers a large amount of former filing space for interior offices and meeting rooms that has proved essential to the changing environment.
- Paralegal ratios are also evolving, so having demountable furniture walls for their offices makes it easy to change them to interior associate offices, administrative assistant desks or workrooms.
- Administrative support functions are being relocated to a lower cost floor, building or geography.
- Firms are focusing more on their lunchrooms and cafeterias to promote impromptu meetings, networking and social gatherings between attorneys and support staff.
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