19:25, March 01 925 0

2018-03-01 19:25:06
White & Case London lawyers to ditch phones and use FaceTime for all internal calls

White & Case has replaced traditional phone conversations with internal videoconferencing in a push to increase connectivity around its London office.

It is thought that the telephones in the firm’s Old Broad St offices now contain video cameras so that any internal call will now be done on a ‘FaceTime’ basis.

Speaking to The Lawyer ahead of the Global Real Estate 50 2018, White & Case global head of real estate James Dodsworth praised the decision as an improvement to trust around the firm.

Dodsworth said: “Everything’s a videoconference on our phones internally and actually, on a human level, I think that makes a massive difference in terms of trust and in terms of engagement. It makes the experience more intense and so it’s more meaningful. When you’re doing little things like that all of the way around, that can only be good.”

Dodsworth took over as global head of the firm’s real estate practice from 1 January, meaning the global practice is now led out of its London office for the first time since gaining real estate capabilities in the City 18 years ago.

In its submission for the report, the firm counts 16 partners in its global practice group supported by an additional 50 lawyers.

However, when extended out to partners committing more than 50 per cent their time on real estate matters in 2017, the firm saw 75 partners fall into this bracket globally rising to a total of 170 lawyers when senior associates and lower were included.

From its London offices, the firm advised on roughly $12bn worth of deals in 2017, including acting on a number of high-value data centre deals in the UK and Singapore.