We know how challenging, time consuming and expensive entering the legal market can be. When we created 253 Columbia, we wanted to provide our members more than just a beautiful and functional space to practice, we wanted to remove barriers to entering the market as a sole practitioner or small firm, and remove barriers holding back those that have been at it for a while.
At 253 Columbia, community members acquire more than access to a workstation, storage, meeting and call pods and professional office services. You become a part of the fabric of our community. We may practice independently, but we engage with our community collaboratively, sharing resources, expertise, precedents, best practices, and life experiences. We even have a shared library for those that feel comfortable participating.
We have six ergonomic, tech-enabled work stations:
o Acoustic privacy barriers by Steelcase
o Variable height desk by Steelcase
o Secure mobile storage pedestal by Steelcase
o Hi-def 27 inch monitor on an adjustable arm with privacy screen, HDMI connection
o Ergonomic office chair by Allseating
Offices are LSBC office-share practice resource compliant, COVID-19 conscious and property and contents insured.
Access professional grade office services and amenities, including:
o Unlimited small-batch black & white printing (office-grade printer w/ standard finishing)
o Unlimited confidential paper shredding
o Unlimited premium coffee
o Unlimited internet
o 24/7 access
o Secure file and personal effects storage
o Secure bike storage
o Shower and towel service
o Fully equipped kitchen (including appliances)
o Garbage and recycling disposal
o Janitorial services
o Social courtyard and BBQ area
o Complimentary breakfasts and snacks
Community benefits include:
o Discounted boardroom access in nearby facilities
o Discounted operating and trust accounting services from resident legal accounting specialist
o Discounted support services (IT; marketing; web development and SEO)
o A built in referral network
o No-names basis file consultation among community members
o Shared resources, including a communal resource library and precedent sharing
o Camaraderie and emotional support in a challenging industry for sole practitioners and small firms
o Practice area exclusivity (for full and part time members)
o Option to add additional services as the community develops, including receptionist, legal assistants, paralegals, legal-tech, etc.
We understand that the way legal professionals relate to office space is changing, but a welcoming hub equipped with professional-grade office services for client-meetings, document signing, consultations, document management, court prep, and occasional in-person human interaction is fundamental to legal practice, and to our health and well-being.
With remote work on the rise, we offer:
o Full time membership (7 days/week)
o Part time membership (3 or 4 days/week)
o Casual membership (5 days per week workstation access, 10 hours meeting pod access, virtual office included)
o Virtual office services
o Drop-in access
Custom arrangements negotiable depending on availability and compatibility between other community members.
A la carte:
Secure filing cabinet ($25/month)
Secure wardrobe ($25/month)
Underground parking ($10/day)