Luke Nicholls considers what solicitors need when not working from home

The role of an office in a modern business, and certainly a modern firm, has evolved rapidly over the last ten or so years. Gone are the fusty offices and walls of lever-arch files, tea trolleys and rigidly formal meeting rooms – replaced instead by open-plan workspaces, paperless environments and more flexible, comfortable and accessible meeting and working spaces. These changes have been driven by a wide variety of external business and societal changes – some of which were certainly accelerated by the covid-19 pandemic. Now, working from home and hybrid working models are the norm, there’s more of an open conversation about employee wellbeing – and more of a desire and need for firms to show their human side.