Research

Perkins + Will

How is the changing world of work impacting the legal profession in Germany? What are the requirements for offices for law firms, that want to keep attracting the brightest in the sector, serve their clients in a digital, connected world, and contribute to the standing of the profession? We supported Perkins+Will, an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm, in answering some of these tough questions for their clients.

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Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935. Founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities, they collaborate with clients all over the world to create healthy, sustainable places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal.

Background and mission

Reinvention and changing the physical workspace is never easy. It is often difficult for organisations to imagine themselves in a new working environment, one that is more open, more collaborative, more up to the current expectations of a younger cohort coming into the workforce.

It was no different for the Germany-based clients of Perkins + Will. The legal sector is also caught up in the major trends transforming the world of work today, and in order to keep up, they were consulting with the London-based team of Perkins + Will to help with taking their partnership to the next level.

We supported the team of architects and workplace designers with insight into the German legal sector, the major trends impacting how it hires, employs and engages their lawyers:

- we analysed the labour market situation of young graduates from lawschool

- we benchmarked some of the law-firms in terms of desirability by young legal talent

- we collected best-practice of law-firms embracing digital technologies in their interaction with employees and clients

- we used foresight to project the legal profession and their workplace needs in the next 5-10 years

the Product

We delivered on a very short notice a comprehensive report about the current situation of the legal profession, their changing needs in terms of workspace, the talent pipeline of lawyers, the highly competitive environment, and the challenge in adopting new ways of working and digital technologies.

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