Law firm leasing activity has ground to a near halt in New York, while law firms wait out relocation decisions and redesign their current spaces to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Overall, the pandemic will likely result in long-term changes for law firm offices, said Jeffrey Peck, a real estate adviser to law firms and a vice chairman at Savills. While law firm leasing activity will eventually pick up, firms may decrease their overall footprints, taking up 10% to 15% less square footage, he said, because some people will continue working from home.

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