After many years of working in law firms as a junior lawyer, associate, partner, and consultant; and dealing with budgets, premises, partners, staff, office hours, computer crashes, parking, traffic and overheads I decided in early 2012 that I needed to make some changes in the way I worked for my clients.
So I removed the layers of administration and cost and budget expectations that separated me from focusing solely on my clients and their businesses. I made the leap and I now work any time and any place (that has internet coverage). My work week has no set hours and I can structure my time as necessary to get the job done.
No-one seems to mind if the first draft of a franchise agreement happens to be emailed to them at 11pm on a Sunday night, and my phone doesn't turn off at 5pm.
I still have an hourly rate as a guideline to pricing work (some traditions have to be upheld...), but it's less than it has been for nearly 10 years and I have probably as much, or more experience in franchising than any lawyer (under 60) in New Zealand.
I have great clients with awesome businesses and most of them have been around for a while. I am happy to work for clients on an ongoing basis, or for one off projects where a specialist is required, alongside your regular lawyer if necessary.
If you are looking for a new lawyer or would just like some further information or have a question about franchising or business law, give me a call or email and I'd be happy to have a chat or meet for a coffee.
LLB - Otago
DipBus - Auckland
MComLaw (Hons) - Auckland
Memberships / Committees
Member New Zealand Law Society (NZLS)
Member Auckland District Law Society (ADLSi)
ADLSi CPD Committee & Commercial Law Series Sub-Committee
Member Franchise Association of NZ 2000-2019
Member Institute of Directors 2017 - 2019
Trustee, Dep.Chair Wanganui Collegiate School Board of Trustees 2012-2019