Legal disruptor moves to Cardiff’s Creative Quarter

Mark Sutton, partner at Knight Frank, with Carbon founder and chief executive Michael Burne in the company’s new offices in the Creative Quarter, Cardiff.

Legal disruptor moves to Cardiff’s Creative Quarter

Commercial law firm Carbon Law Partners, named the No 1 Legal Disruptor by the Times’ Raconteur publication, has expanded into new premises in Cardiff’s Creative Quarter.

In 2015, Carbon chose to base the headquarters for its growing business on Cardiff’s Westgate House, but has now agreed a five year lease to move into the city’s Creative Quarter.

As outlined in Raconteur, Carbon’s innovative business model provides a better way for lawyers to provide legal services to their clients. 

The model has been well received by lawyers, with nine new Partners joining the firm across its locations in Cardiff, Bristol and London in September alone.

Property consultant Knight Frank advised the company in its search for new offices.

Carbon’s founder and chief executive, Michael Burne, said: “The Creative Quarter is the perfect home for the Carbon Hub.

“We love the refurbishment of the building - the mix of the raw, traditional and historic with the contemporary. 

“It reflects the Carbon brand – Beyond Tradition – taking the best of the old and adding the best of the new. We love being in a space where we are surrounded by like-minded people.”

The Creative Quarter provides individual studios within the old Morgan Arcade Chambers and the upper floors of the David Morgan Department store.

The site is already home to a rapidly growing community of businesses, with a recent string of new lettings adding high-profile tenants such as Bad Wolf Productions, The Urbanists and HLM Architects. 

Tenants have access to shared meeting spaces and The Hub - a communal social space which provides kitchen facilities and a focal point for informal meetings, presentations and get-togethers.

Mark Sutton, partner at Knight Frank, said: “Carbon Law Partners’ modern approach in a traditional sector is reflected in their property requirements and it meant that we needed to explore non-corporate options for their new office.

“Creative Quarter combines the contemporary finishes and modern facilities with period features retaining the character of the arcades – a perfect match for occupiers like Carbon Law Partners.”

Michael Burne added: “We have worked closely with Knight Frank throughout this process to find the right home for our Cardiff headquarters - their expertise, understanding of our business, along with their grasp