Palace or fleapit? Let us be the judge
Ever since the Association of Legal Administrators’ conference in May, it’s been the subject on every lawyer’s lips. Just what does the legal office of the future look like, and will we be flying between rooms in jet packs?
But first things first. What does the legal office of today look like – and precisely how rubbish is yours?
1. How does your receptionist greet guests?
a. ‘Might I take your coat, arrange it on an onyx hanger and rest it in our outerwear humidor?’
b. ‘Would you care for an acai drink from our herbal mixologist?’
c. ‘Before you go any further, can I check your vaccination records?’
2. What might guests find on the coffee table in reception?
a. ‘The Lady’
3. Who or what inspired the office’s interior design?
a. Osborne and Little
b. Conran and Partners
c. Steptoe and Son
4. Where do lawyers relieve themselves?
a. The cloakroom, where the marble aesthetic is softened by potpourri mixed daily from fresh roses
b. The comfort station, where unisex facilities are clustered around an original Philippe Starck hand wash fountain
c. The kitchenette
5. What type of cakes are usually found on the table at client meetings?
6. ‘There’s any number of them in our office, all desperate to get their teeth into new clients and immerse themselves in some fresh briefs.’ What are they?
b. Business Development Executives
7. Which of the following artworks are you most likely to find in your office?
8. ‘It’s everywhere you go. You can pick it up in any room at any time of day or night.’ What are we talking about?
How did you answer?
Hooray! You work in a genuinely lavish, well-equipped office. It’s probably Slaughters, or somewhere else where they have a man who folds the end of the toilet paper into ‘V’ shapes.
Interesting. You probably work in a media boutique-type firm, where everybody is called ‘Nat’ and eats edamame beans round a big kitchen table every lunch time.
Sorry, but your office is an absolute hole. Probably time for you to move on, assuming the big Norovirus living under your desk doesn’t get you first.