Woods Bagot designs Linklaters headquarters, Dubai

Woods Bagot has completed a project as the lead consultant and interior designer, procuring project management, cost consultancy and engineering services for Linklaters headquarters in Dubai.

The international law firm has undergone a major transformation over the past 10 years and was named Middle Eastern Law Firm of the Year at the International Financial Law Review Middle East Awards.

It recently relocated its UAE headquarters to a 1200m2 site in Currency House in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).


Key features of the design include a staff break out area, private offices with glazed walls and a front of house client services zone.

Duncan Parkinson, head of interiors, Woods Bagot Middle East, said the client representative is based in New York and London, and its role was to deliver the project for the local management.

“Woods Bagot’s design reinterpreted the traditional law firm palette to provide a more open and transparent space promoting communication, team work and natural light,” he said.

“Private offices with glazed walls provide much needed quiet space for reflection, concentration and detail analysis whilst a well-equipped staff break out area provides additional collaborative space.

“Ultimately, this project moved the client out of its established comfort zone and challenged them to pursue options that could increase productivity, staff retention, client appeal and sustainability whilst providing a working environment ahead of its peers and supporting their strategic growth plans.

“A dedicated client services zone was established front of house and is carefully designed to provide privacy and separation of client groups, whilst attaining transparency and access to premium DIFC views.”

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