Open plan offices are not new, even for law firms, and no doubt there are a couple of examples in your region. The jury does still seem to be out though in regard to the pros and cons.
While there are those who proudly espouse the virtues of ‘open plan’ with benefits like:
- better staff interaction;
- everyone seen to be on the same footing;
- more work gets done, etc.
others think they are a crazy idea. Arguments against tend to revolve around confidentiality, the need to work in peace, no interruptions and so on.