Australian independent law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth officially opened its new Perth premises after recently relocating to prestigious Brookfield Place Tower 2. The move fulfils Corrs’ strategic vision to create inspiring workplaces in which collaboration, learning and knowledge sharing can thrive.
The new office was opened at an event on Wednesday evening by The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC, Chief Justice of Western Australia. Partner-in-charge of Corrs Perth Nicholas Ellery said he was delighted to host the event for the Perth business community: “Corrs is a national independent firm with a strong international presence. We have a long history in Western Australia. The move to our innovative workplace represents a new page in our history in WA.”
This is the fourth and final move in three years for Corrs to innovative workplaces. The firm was first large Australian law firm to adopt an open and flexible office. It made the brave step in 2013 to break away from traditional ways of working - moving to new premises at 8 Chifley, Sydney.
Corrs partner and CEO John W.H. Denton AO said he was extremely proud of the firm’s pioneering spirit: “The commitment to embracing our new workplaces and a new way of working is integral to the spirit that makes Corrs such a successful firm. We made a bold move for the legal sector. Other firms have since followed our lead.”
The four office moves have taken the firm to a new level with an open, flexible and efficient working environment to benefit both its people and clients. The Perth workplace - like Corrs Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane - is completely wireless offices allowing laptops, phone calls, digital files and printing accessible from anywhere.
“It has meant that we can connect with each other any time and in any way, and given us more choice in the way we work,” Nicholas Ellery said.
The firm’s courage to do things differently and steer away from the traditional law firm office resulted in an Innovation in Legal IT Award at the Lawtech Conference Awards in 2014 for use of technology. In 2015 the open and flexible workplace strategy was applauded by Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers as “standout”, placing second overall in the Business of Law category.
About Corrs Perth at Brookfield Place Tower 2
Corrs signed an agreement with Brookfield in 2013 to lease premises in the prestigious new Brookfield Place Tower 2 at 123 St Georges Terrace. Corrs occupies levels 5 and 6 in the 34,000 square metre building. The tower incorporates the latest in office design. Bates Smart was the interior architect who worked with Corrs to create a collaborative workplace, embrace new technologies and encourage greater connectivity.
Brookfield Place Tower 2 has large column-free floor plates, cutting edge conference facilities and a 5 star green star design rating. It incorporates a sheltered upper-level walkway across Mounts Bay Road to provide connectivity between the Perth Bus Port, Esplanade Train Station and Perth’s City Centre. The Brookfield Place precinct sits in the heart of Perth’s CBD and is a fusion of world-class architecture and amenities. Corrs’ Perth employees have access an abundance of retail, food and fashion options available in one of the most sought-after business addresses in the city.
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