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Melbourne law firm Hall & Wilcox briefed their architects to create a ‘happy’ workplace that would disrupt the industry norms.



BY Andrew McDonald

December 4th, 2015


The winds of change are picking up in the law industry. Legal services is undergoing a major shift, disrupted from the comfort of traditional working models by clients looking for super efficient teams that can work in an agile and digitally enabled manner. Looking to cement their foothold within this rapidly changing landscape, Hall & Wilcox Lawyers have recently undertaken a workplace revamp that has not only put a new face on the firm, but shifted the mindset of its staff – towards what they see as a very happy work-life medium.

Engaging architectural firm Woods Bagot, Hall & Wilcox took the bull by the horns, so to speak, by relocating their Melbourne headquarters to the Rialto Tower. “From our perspective, flexibility is important,” says Hall & Wilcox CEO Sumith Perera. “We were looking to demonstrate to our clients that we are forward thinking, adopting great technology and being efficient in the way we do our work,” he says.

Material palette and colour schemes count for much in this fit-out which Simmonds describes as “Japanese-Scando” – lots of blonde woods and minty tones. And while mint is certainly a “fresh, fun and welcoming” tone, there was a strong purpose behind the use of this popular pastel. “Hall & Wilcox have strong branding which we referenced throughout the fit-out,” says Simmonds. “The logo and colours are quite appropriate for what we wanted to achieve.”

Read the full story in Issue 63 of Indesign, on sale December 23.

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