Balance Legal, as it was then known, was founded ten years ago by Ken Jagger, Wade Taseff and Haaron Bokhari, all of whom came from Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills). The firm now operates under the name Lawyers on Demand.
The firm has come a long way in those 10 years, it said, starting out “as very much a temporary on-site cover business” and now boasting over 650 lawyers and consultants globally.
“Being the first of its kind in Australia, we have seen the legal profession continue to transform over the last 10 years and have had to adapt accordingly,” Mr Jagger said.
“We now provide teams of lawyers undertaking entire transactions and projects, we consult on business process improvement and technology plays a key role in allowing our lawyers and clients to work collaboratively.”
The firm’s 10th year celebrations were held in Perth and coincided with the departure of Australian managing director Sandra Gibson, who is transitioning to the firm’s London office to act as the new global head of people and corporate operations. The firm's Sydney-based predecessor firm, Advent Lawyers, will also be celebrating the 10th birthday in December.
Reflecting on the decade past, Mr Jagger said the idea behind starting the firm was to meet a client need using outstanding lawyers who might otherwise have been lost to the profession.
“Ten years ago, the options for lawyers were pretty limited. Part-time work was still rare as were in-house roles,” he explained.
“This meant that a large cohort of experienced, talented lawyers were being lost to the law altogether as they found the legal profession incompatible with life.”