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Legal Sector

In the 24/7 culture of the modern law firm the workplace takes on a special significance. Space must be functional, flexible, cost effective, and true to the culture and stature of the firm.

The real estate professionals of the Cushman & Wakefield Legal Sector Group delivers expert insight into real estate and work space areas that support the efforts of partners and employees. Our unique cross border approach examines the effect of property on core business strategy, analyzing its impact on clients, human resources, operations, finances and the current business environment.

Our professionals understand the premium placed on flexibility, whether it’s accommodating growth and consolidation or vetting highly adaptable space. They also know the challenges facing litigation centres for contract attorneys, operations centres for administrative staff, and usage of open space formats. Other challenges include:

Legal Real Estate Challenges

  • Choosing real estate that enhances and reflects the firm’s brand
  • Creating space efficiently and effectively while maximizing use and minimizing cost.
  • Workplace strategy and flexibility – creating the legal workplace of the future to retain and attract the best clients, employees, and prospects 
  • Integrating the latest technology to the workplace

How Can We Add Value? 

In law firms first impressions count. The legal profession working environment is an integral part of their business We help by delivering both sector specific experience and market knowledge, and we listen to what each client wants. The Cushman & Wakefield Legal Sector Group is proactive in delivering innovative ideas and solutions to match every requirement – our aim is for your firm to be one step ahead of the competition. 

Our team of professionals include a mix of surveyors, accountants, project managers and business consultants whose skills are combined to meet your varied and complex requirements across the globe. Some of the services we provide are:

Business consulting

From real estate due diligence for merger and acquisition activity, to location analysis and portfolio optimisation programs (including workplace strategy), our focus is helping you deliver your business objectives while reducing risk.

Corporate strategy

We help you optimise the value of your property while considering the impact on your firm’s balance sheet; implementing everything from global lease administration, lease abstraction and database management to strategic analysis and assisting in decision making and execution.

Global lease administration

To help minimise the associated risks of managing your corporate portfolio, we provide you with the detailed business data you need to properly and intelligently implement your corporate strategy.

Transaction management

By implementing the “intelligent client” role in managing transactions, our agents and brokers can advise and facilitate smoother transactions, whether it’s a full property search and relocation or simply a lease renewal.

Programme and project management

We help you deliver base build and fit-out projects on time, within budget, and to specifications. We also have specialist dilapidations, mechanical and electrical and quantity surveying teams in-house.

Facilities management

We advise, plan and deliver on all aspects of the day-to-day occupation of property including service delivery, compliance, financial management, change and workplace efficiency. We deploy professional management teams supported by best -in-class/best-in-geography suppliers.

Valuation and lease advisory

C&W has one of the largest fully integrated real estate valuation and consulting teams in the world. We act as the foremost valuation advisor to corporations, institutional investors, and lenders on critical debt and equity investment decisions.


We help to reduce the environmental impact of your property to comply with legislation and to save costs.

Experience and Resources

Our Legal Sector Group draws on the expertise, knowledge and experience of our global network of real estate consultants, brokers and dedicated legal sector country representatives. Cushman & Wakefield has an international network of 15,000 professionals including researchers, strategists, business modellers, accountants, financial consultants and agents in 253 offices across 60 countries.

We have a broad range of clients in the legal sector including Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, Hogan Lovell and Norton Rose.


Thomas Schelbert

Thomas Schelbert

Office Agency


Munich, Germany

Phone +49 89 2 42 14 33 31

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