Introducing The Bearded Lawyer

Introducing The Bearded Lawyer

What do you do when you have a passion for tech and startups, but are happily working within a more traditional legal environment? That is the question that I have been grappling with for some months now.

Today’s business landscape is defined by our ability to utilise technology to accomplish more and engage with people in new and exciting ways. An uninterrupted video conference was a pipe dream when I first became a lawyer, now it is taken for granted.

These technological advances have made us more productive, more efficient and far more connected to our clients and colleagues. They have also presented us with new challenges (like, why do I have an urge to check work email at 1am?) along with exciting opportunities.

That interplay between the possibilities and the challenges truly excites me. Everyone I talk to seems to agree that technology will change the legal profession – what no one seems to agree on is what that change will look like. Will blockchain replace written contracts? Perhaps. Some say that AI is already at a point where it can review documents better than human lawyers can.

The idea that the legal profession is evolving has given rise to many new and exciting businesses. Some have built firms aimed at online legal service delivery. Others are looking to sell you document templates. Whilst some are doubling down on automation and legal bots as the future of legal.

As I’ve grappled with the various possibilities, I’ve considered joining a legal startup or establishing my own boutique firm. However, in doing so one thought has continually stopped me from taking that step: I genuinely love the work that I do. I am a commercial lawyer within a premier boutique firm in Melbourne, working with some of the most recognisable businesses in the country. My clients range from entrepreneurs establishing their first business, to experienced operators who have built nationally recognised brands. This is not a job that I would give up lightly.

So, what do you do when you have a passion for tech and startups, but are happily working within a more traditional legal environment? You start a blog of course! Why a blog, you ask? Let me explain.

The lawyer client relationship cannot succeed unless it is built on trust. When it comes to your business, who would you trust more than your lawyer? Following on from that, trust isn’t something that is developed over the course of an hour consultation, or a telephone call or an emailed quote. To develop trust in your lawyer, you need to build a relationship with that person that develops over time. That’s the type of relationship I have with my clients – we talk, we catch up for drinks and we know and trust each other. How does that translate to an online world? It is no different to building trust in the real world – through continuous engagement and conversation. This post, this blog, is the opening line of that conversation. Hi I’m the bearded lawyer. Tell me a bit about what you do.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be posting information that my clients considered valuable when they’ve started their own businesses. My hope is that you will too.  My initial few posts will discuss basic legal structures and how they work. Check them out here.

If, along the way, you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch