Kingsley Napley’s new office opens for business

12 July 2021

Firm will move in on a phased basis over summer
with agile working policy applying from September
New brand identity also unveiled today

Kingsley Napley’s new office Twenty Bonhill (Bonhill Street EC2) is open for business with effect from today (Monday 12th July 2021). The firm will move in on a phased basis over the summer.

In line with other firms, Kingsley Napley will operate an agile working policy following the relaxation of COVID pandemic restrictions, although the strategy was always to work in a more trusting and flexible way upon moving to new premises.  This means members of the firm will be asked to work two to three days per week in the office as a guide (or the equivalent of 40-60% of their time calculated on a pro-rata basis) from September, allowing for the firm’s population to have received both COVID vaccinations.

Kingsley Napley, assisted by their agent BH2, signed a 15-year lease on Twenty Bonhill in 2019 and has since worked closely with their design team KKS Savills and Hannah Nardini of WKspace to plan the layout, infrastructure and décor around its requirements. As such, Twenty Bonhill has been designed with collaboration and activity-based working in mind. People will be able to choose their space setting according to their working needs with different spaces of the building for collaboration, personal wellbeing, inclusivity and productivity being at the heart of the design.

Features include:

  • 55,191 square foot of space over six floors comprising shared neighbourhoods, private working rooms and pods, dedicated case rooms, silent libraries and collaboration areas;
  • ‘Lennie’s café’ - named after the firm’s cherished court clerk who retired last year after 43 years;
  • Wellbeing suite comprising relaxation room, fitness studio, prayer and contemplation room;
  • Cycle racks and showers;
  • BREEAM excellent sustainable environment standard;
  • Desk booking app and sensor app to measure how space is used.

In light of the pandemic additional enhancements introduced include:

  • Digitally superior conference room facilities with a seamless at home and in office meeting experience;
  • No-touch taps available in the bathrooms;
  • High specification aircon.

Linda Woolley, Managing Partner of Kingsley Napley, comments:

This is an exciting moment in Kingsley Napleys history in more ways than one. It represents the culmination of six years of planning and hard work by a committed team. It also enables us to start afresh as a firm, having adapted to a new way of working during the pandemic, allowing our people to come back together in a brand-new space designed for modern, collaborative working needs. The centre of gravity of Kingsley Napley will continue to be the office and we now have accommodation to be proud of which is right for the times, has room for growth and demonstrates our confidence in the future. I am very much looking forward to welcoming our people and clients alike to our new home and I would particularly like to thank Darren Jesse and our team for their excellent steering of the firms move project.

Kingsley Napley first undertook a move feasibility study in 2015. The decision was to look for a single site which better suited the people needs of the firm and with better client facilities. The firm was previously located across three buildings in Clerkenwell and will give up the last lease there in July 2021.

Darren Jesse, Kingsley Napleys CFOO, comments:

I am delighted we have delivered this project, pretty much on time, and on budget, despite the challenging circumstances of the last year or so. We had an incredible team working on this internally, and our external advisers KKS Savills, Seven Partnership, Overbury and Neal Scambler of BH2 provided superb support for which we are grateful. Together I believe we have delivered a first rate, best in class workplace for Kingsley Napley that will support the firm in its next chapter.

Commenting on the firms agile working policy, Jemimah Cook, Kingsley Napleys HR Director, says:

The firm has worked successfully on a remote basis during lockdown. We have seen strong levels of engagement and performance and, in many ways, have strengthened our culture as a result of the shared experience and initiatives we introduced to ensure we have maintained a sense of togetherness as a firm.  We now want to retain the option of flexibility for people, trusting them to make the decision about where the best place is to conduct their work on a daily basis, whilst at the same time recognising that there is a positive case for office attendance for team working, developing and supporting relationships, and sharing knowledge and ideas, as well as for training, learning, supervision and development. We have undertaken, and will continue to take, regular feedback exercises on our new agile working approach; however I am confident it will be supported in a way that works for everyone.

To coincide with the Twenty Bonhill move, Kingsley Napley is also introducing a new brand identity, incorporating the phrase ‘When it matters most’. This recognises that many clients rely on the firm to help with challenging issues and/or in situations with deep personal significance.

Leor Franks, Director of Business Development and Marketing comments:

In addition to our new office facilities, we have an updated look on-screen and in-print to bring a bolder up-to-date feel to our communications. In whatever way we interact with clients, they can be assured that we will continue to provide the collaborative and dynamic service to which they are accustomed, when it matters most to them. We are committed to adapting to clients needs and requirements as COVID restrictions shift and as the firm adapts to its new way of working, so that we get the right balance of virtual and in-person contact for them.

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