More Law Firms Are Moving to Hybrid Offices, but They Must Boost Appeal of Sharing

As more firms pivot toward a hybrid workplace, they need to sell their attorneys on hoteling and communal space. Law firms have begun thinking carefully about how to manage a space that’s bound to be more focused on collaborative working. 


A recent survey of 30 Am Law 200 law firms from office support provider Forrest Solutions found that 90% had settled on a hybrid work policy and 58% had set return to office dates. However, of those with set dates, 83% did not have a documented plan to lay out the key details for returning to the office, such as meeting room management, visitor screening and workstation moves. That matters because the nature of office work is now aiming to be different from what it looked like prior to the pandemic, and law firms need to boost the appeal of shared space to make it work long-term. 


“Basically, people are coming into the office not to sit at desks, but to collaborate,” said Forrest chief revenue officer Anthony Davies, who oversaw the survey.


Davies’ company findings are consistent with updates coming directly from firms. In one of the most recent updates, law firm Seyfarth Shaw announced a hybrid policy for when personnel return to offices in mid-September. 


Are you interested in learning more about how more law firms are moving to hybrid offices and how they are working toward boosting the appeal of sharing? Read more in this article. 

Victoria Ostrander
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