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New Law firm disrupts traditional offices

Marcus McCarthy Nexus Lawyers

Nexus Lawyers has put its unorthodox approach to law into practice with its new Sydney digs.

The firm's Sydney branch has moved into the “Work Club”, a serviced office space on Elizabeth Street shared by a number of innovative businesses from different industries.

Rather than traditional offices, the facility is divided into break-out areas, lounges, boardrooms and shared office spaces.

Nexus Lawyers principal Marcus McCarthy (pictured) told Lawyer's Weekly the new-style office environment fitted perfectly within his firm's philosophy.

“That whole ethos of bringing law out from behind the stuffy desks and making it accessible and amenable is part of our ethos too,” Mr McCarthy said.

In particular, he suggested the Nexus model required space that could be adapted to each lawyer’s needs.

“My system is more about scaling up and down to what people really need. It's that flexible space that really fits our business model.”

Mr McCarthy said there was still strong attachment to the traditional law firm model within the industry.

“Lawyers coming through are just, to my mind, encumbered by the thought processes of the past,” he said.

“Lawyers in the bigger firms have their corner office overlooking the water and they're at the top of the tree. But they're not a target for us. We can accommodate them, but I find that old-school thinking doesn't really gel with our kind of practice.”

Rather, Mr McCarthy believes younger lawyers working their way up the ranks are more likely to embrace flexible work spaces.

“I'm looking at junior partners, the up-and-coming stars of the profession, who have great skills dropping out of big firms and in-house roles. Those sorts of people really love the space.”

Nonetheless, Mr McCarthy does not believe this type of practice will completely overtake the existing firm model.

“Others will copy us, but I don't think the whole industry is going to shift to our mode of practising. I still believe the top-tier firms will continue as they are because there's a market for those services and that style.

“There are horses for courses. I think the New Law will maybe capture 20 to 30 per cent of the market.”

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