Project Files: Baker & McKenzie

The legal profession is earmarked by a long history with strong traditions that celebrate the prestige associated with the nature of its work. In terms of workplace layout, the allotment of space has classically signaled status at law firms—large offices for senior partners, smaller offices for more junior lawyers, workstations and desks for others. As a result, it’s hardly surprising that most law firms approach current workplace trends that champion the open office—with an egalitarian approach to space, emphasis on collaboration and teaming, playful amenities, and unassigned desks—with reserve and hesitation. But new technologies and economy, along with evolving cultural preferences, inspire change for even the most conservative business sectors.