In 2020, the Cowork’A space innovated by offering liberal lawyers a shared workplace. He recently moved near the courthouse. Beginner lawyers or practicing telework have adopted it, as have an association and a hair salon!
In 2020, Elodie Manonviller innovated in Montpellier by creating a coworking space dedicated to lawyers, near the courthouse. Supported by crowdfunding, this former notary clerk presenting the advantages of her project: breaking isolation, promoting the exchange of knowledge and reducing the costs associated with a traditional practice.
Two years later, Cowork’A changes address and settles on the ground floor of a beautiful mansion, a few steps from the judicial court, the administrative court and the Court of Appeal. Over 140m2
5 private offices, including one dedicated to appointments, a large open space (reserved for lawyers and compatible professions), a podcast studio for lawyers wishing to develop their presence on the internet in the form of videos, as well as a equipped for videoconference meetings.
“Coworking is a springboard” The lawyers based in Cowrk’A have been renewed since 2020. “Only one of them is still there and continues to develop his activity, says Elodie Manonviller.Others have moved into their own premises..This is the case of M e Guillaume Lasmolès. “This coworking space allowed me to settle down in peace as a lawyer, with measured expenses. I liked the energy that emanated from this project. Coworking is a springboard and I recommend today today.”
Cowork’A now welcomes seven lawyers on a permanent basis.“Two were sworn in recently. We also have an Australian lawyer based in the region. Others are Parisian collaborating lawyers who came to settle in Montpellier during the health crisis” , specifies the founder of the place. Among them, Nicolas, 33 years old.“Here, the atmosphere is less stuffy, more modern. Thanks to the other people present, he puts the lawyer in the business”
explains the young lawyer who has chosen to return, with his wife and son, to the city of his studies.
“I knew that the spirit of this place was going to suit me” “I work in a firm specializing in real estate and urban planning, with a clientele of professionals. Face-to-face meetings are exceptional.” Nicolas therefore goes to Paris punctually and contacts his clients by videoconference. A change directly linked to the health crisis. “Before the Covid, I had never had a video meeting in my life!’ New profiles have joined the shared workplace, such as Adriana Ivanova, a lawyer who is developing an application project for bringing clients and lawyers into contact (Tadi), or Laura Fortier, Occitanie manager of the inclusion association by digital Reconnect. “I have worked in other coworking places and I know Elodie. I knew that the spirit of this place was going to suit me”.
Another occupant of the premises, Chris Perla, a young hairdresser who created his studio here.“I wanted to create a show without a window, a concept that I had seen elsewhere. I work a lot by word of mouth and offer appointments after 6 p.m.”
Cowork’A, 5 rue Enclos Tissié-Sarrus. Such. 06 31 74 68 15. coworka-montpellier.fr