CBRE’s central London research team asked Katie to contribute to its Law in London report in 2013, and to the follow-up in 2015. For the first report, she was commissioned to research and write an article on workplace trends among the top 100 legal firms in London – in particular, the gradual but inexorable shift from cellular offices to open-plan, which continues to be a very divisive issue. She spoke to firms on both sides of the debate, as well as leading workplace experts, to write an eight-page feature. For the second report, she took on a larger, 22-page section, interviewing legal firms and crunching CBRE’s own extensive data to identify trends in how the sector is occupying space in the capital. Key issues included the need to maintain flexibility as workload increases but fees don’t, and the perennially thorny topic of whether lawyers could ever be persuaded to hotdesk.

CBRE Law in London 2013