find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
NewLaw firm focuses on traditional relationships

NewLaw firm focuses on traditional relationships

Meda Royall, Your Law Firm

Another entrant to the NewLaw space has said the future doesn’t lie in technology, but rather in focusing on traditional client relationships and re-building trust.

Meda Royall, principal solicitor of Your Law Firm's central office, said: “Unlike other NewLaw models, we don’t believe that the answer is in the internet and commoditisation of legal services. We believe the answer is mainly in the relationships we build.”

Your Law Firm has recently launched in Melbourne, based on a franchisee model where lawyers can set up a practice with the support of Your Law Firm’s services.

“Traditionally lawyers were trusted advisors, like doctors, but with the rise of the billable hour and the work pressures and the fight for equity in traditional law firms, lawyers somehow lost perspective, and with that unfortunately we lost the full trust of our clients too,” Ms Royall (pictured) said.

While Ms Royall recognises that to be successful in the NewLaw age lawyers must make full use of technology and seek lower costs to keep fees down, she said they also need to focus on improving their relationships with clients.

“We must return to the traditional approach towards clients, by meeting them face-to-face where it suits them, going out of our way to provide the best possible expertise and facilitate the best outcome,” she said.

Ms Royall feels that the franchisee model allows lawyers to “do what they do best” and build relationships with clients while not having to worry about the business side of things.

“Your Law Firm is really the back bone of the business and the lawyer actually just goes out and looks after clients' needs and provides the legal advice and legal services, without worrying about any of the other administrative tasks and support.”

Franchisees are free to practice from wherever they want, meet clients wherever they want and work as many or as little hours by taking on as many clients as they desire.

You Law Firm guarantees territorial exclusivity, with only one lawyer per practice area allowed to operate in each suburb plus a seven-kilometre radius.

Ms Royall said this model would appeal to lawyers re-entering the profession after pursuing a family, who are looking for flexible working conditions and less pressure.

Another demographic that they are targeting are people approaching the end of their career who still want to practice, but not with the same level of commitment that is required from traditional firms, she said.

Lastly, she said it would appeal to lawyers who have always contemplated setting up a sole practice but haven’t known how to go about it.

 

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

NewLaw firm focuses on traditional relationships
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
90 years Western Australia Law Society
06:03
Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society
Ninety years of Western Australia’s legal profession has been recorded in a special publication ce...
Dec 18 2017
Summer in the city
Across Australia, a number of law students have kicked off their commercial law aspirations with the...
microscope
Dec 18 2017
‘Exorbitant legal fees’ under government microscope
With the growing number of class action proceedings in Australia, the government is looking at how ...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...