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The acoustic performance of law offices is significant for both staff and clients.

The conversations taking place within these facilities often involve highly confidential information. Though they usually occur in private offices or meeting rooms, closed doors and even deck-to-deck walls typically aren’t enough to ensure speech privacy.

Poor door seals, gaps between the wall and the window mullion, breaks in plenum barriers, and improperly designed or treated HVAC components can provide clear paths for overhearing discussions. When two or more independent occupants share the same building, poor acoustical conditions can be an even greater liability.

Noise is yet another acoustic concern. Numerous studies show that it disrupts concentration, reduces productivity and increases errors, which can be highly detrimental to a profession that requires attentiveness, good listening skills and detailed information to be taken. Ultimately, these issues can impact client satisfaction and even affect the legal proceedings.

Taking steps to protect speech privacy and create a positive acoustic ambience is a sign of control and professionalism. As such, it can reinforce clients’ confidence in the firm’s ability and strengthen its image. It can also enhance communication. When clients’ fear of being overheard is reduced, they’re more inclined to speak freely.

Employees also benefit from an environment that enables them to work without being disrupted or disrupting those around them.