CMS prepares for move into studio-style office

You can tell a lot about a law firm by the choices it makes when it comes to office space.

With CMS Cameron McKenna preparing to move into new offices in London’s Cannon Place (read about it here), the focus, it seems, is very much on work, work, work.

Everybody knows that state-of-the-art offices are supposed to foster a strong work ethic among staff, so the firm had that box ticked right from the off.

By opting for a so-called studio-style design rather than open-plan working the firm can also get 10 per cent more occupancy out of 28 per cent less space, so its building is going to work harder than its current one.

And, having already put clients to work by asking for their input on the office’s design, the firm is installing a client suite set up to allow visitors to work while they wait too.

The focus on working harder is not surprising, given that the CMS network posted flat financial results in the 2013 year. But managing partner Duncan Weston says the move has excited staff – and they’re ready to make the most of their new facilities.

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