Goodwin Procter is set for a new London home as the firm continues to grow its base in the city.
London co-chairs Paul Lyons and Gemma Roberts said that the firm is “close” to picking its new space, with a decision expected to be made in July.
The firm has shortlisted two bases for its new premises: one close to St Paul’s, and the other near to Liverpool Street.
Three London partners at the firm said they would prefer the St Paul’s option. Another person at the firm said the other location would be more popular with other partners and that a decision was still to be made.
Its next home will be larger than its current based on Cheapside, in order to accommodate the firm’s continued headcount growth which shows no signs of slowing.
On Thursday, Goodwin hired Covington & Burling life sciences of counsel Morag Peberdy as a partner, who joins the firm after 13 years at Covington. Other hires for Goodwin in London so far this year include Kirkland & Ellis U.K. competition partner Sarah Jordan.
The firm also added nine partners in London in 2021, including launching an equity capital markets practice with the hire of partner Ariel White-Tsimikalis from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
As well as a bigger space, Lyons and Roberts hope that the new base will create a positive impact on the working environment, citing communal spaces as a must.
Lyons cited the staircase of the firm’s Boston office as a major source of inspiration, and would like their new base in London to contain a similar stand-out feature.
Several law firms have opted for new bases in London recently, with a number set to start leases in the coming years, including Allen & Overy and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Goodwin hopes its approach to the new space will encourage its lawyers back into the office over the longer term. Currently, its people are generally in the office two to three days a week, the pair said.
Roberts said the firm wanted to create a space that will facilitate collaboration and innovation.
Part of that lure may come in the form of furry friends, the pair added, and are looking into whether the new space can accommodate a pet-friendly lease.
However, Roberts added she doesn’t think her own elderly cat will be making an appearance.
With reporting by Rose Walker.