Ahead of its move to new premises in Fenchurch Street in March, BLM has confirmed that it is formalising a flexible working programme that will make it possible to house 350 staff in an office with capacity for nearer 300.
BLM, not generally known for its tendency to break with tradition, says the move was not prompted by a need to cut costs or a desire to push agile working but by the end of its lease on Salisbury House, London Wall.
Planned or not, the move will catapult the recently merged and rebranded ‘insurance legal business’ into a modern, paperlight working culture that few firms have yet to embrace.
BLM is not the only firm to take avantage of the ending of a lease to shake-up its working style. At the start of the year The Lawyer reported on CMS’s refit of Cannon Place, where lawyers will be grouped in studio-style teams in a totally open plan space.
Meanwhile, up in Manchester, it’s a year since Pannone Corporate was spun-out of Slater & Gordon. The firm has made a statement of intent with its move to open plan offices in the chapel that used to house Stock Aitken & Waterman’s recording studio. Maybe Kylie will pop by.
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