Buckley Sandler LLP

Buckley Sandler LLP

Client:
Buckley Sandler
URL:
https://buckleysandler.com/
During 2016/17 Headscape worked with law firm Buckley Sandler on a ground-up website redesign.

Buckley Sandler is an American law firm focusing on three key areas — financial services, government enforcement, and litigation — and it does them exceptionally well. How well? Noted legal ranking authority Chambers USA has called the law firm “the best at what they do in the country.”

The firm’s old website and brand did not reflect its eminent position. Headscape was hired to develop a new site that would communicate Buckley Sandler’s character and expertise.

In-depth research

Following an initial usability and analytics review, we started the project with a five-day workshop. The workshop focused on discovering and prioritising tangibles such as company objectives, differentiators, audiences and user requirements, but we also analysed Buckley Sandler’s softer characteristics such as personality and aspirations.

Diagram showing Buckley Sandler's company characteristics.
Throughout the week we tested and refined our findings via stakeholder interviews with over 30 partners and senior staff.

We developed user journeys for key audience types and carried out exercises helping us to prioritise content types. All of which provided the building blocks for the prototype website created following the workshop (see below).

Aesthetics

Starting at the workshops, we worked with the Buckley Sandler team to create a look and feel for the site that captured the character of the firm.

Mood board showing graphical examples of efficiency.
We developed a number of different mood boards representing branding keywords. This example represents efficiency.

Prototyping

We have always felt that it is important to clearly separate aesthetics development from information architecture, content and layout creation. It enables us and our clients to focus on both aspects without one confusing the other.

We created a detailed prototype representing the structure, layout and content of the new Buckley Sandler website. A prototype is simple to update compared to a finished website. This means we could easily test and update the prototype until all parties were happy.

Image showing screenshot of lawyer search page on prototype and comparing it to the finished version.
Prototypes offer us the chance to test and develop functionality as well as site structure and user journeys. This screenshot compares the lawyer search page on the prototype with the final design.

Build

The build phase of the project involved developing static front-end templates for each of the page types. These templates were then integrated into the Drupal CMS along with the development of custom functionality.

Screenshot showing a lawyer search
Functionality development included creating an in-depth lawyer search facility.
This screenshot shows results appearing on the fly as the search term “San” is entered

Final design

The Buckley Sandler homepage.
A screenshot showing the final homepage design.

When I first hired Headscape I knew they were smart, and it was clear they were leaders in web design. What I didn’t know – what one cannot know until they’ve spent a few years in the trenches with a vendor – is how wonderful they would be to work with, day in and day out. They are trustworthy, levelheaded, and always available. They serve as strategic advisors in all of our online endeavors, and deliver on time and within budget. A true pleasure to work with.
Cynthia A. McCollough, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Headscape