The Lawyer features Baker McKenzie

KKS has worked with Baker McKenzie to shift their London business services staff to a new “swing space”, as the firm trials new ways of working before its City lease expires in five years’ time.

Chief operating officer (COO) Simon Thompson is coordinating the workplace project, which involves moving finance, human resources, marketing and a number of senior managers into a new “swing space” at 5 Fleet Place, which lies just past the firm’s current HQ at 100 New Bridge Street. Over the next two years, Thompson will trial different ways of working in the “swing space” to inform the firm’s future workplace strategy. Part of this springs from cutting down on costs and maximising the use of the space available. The “swing space” will be open plan with hot-desking, which Thompson states will generate more desk space and allow for agile working.

“In a more traditional workspace, the use of space isn’t as efficient as it should be. As premises are the second biggest cost to firms, after staff wages, we’ve undertaken a number of different reviews to reassess how we are using our space”.

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