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 1990
DipBus - Auckland 1997
MComLaw (Hons) - Auckland 2007
Memberships / Committees
Member Franchise Association of NZ
Board of Trustees, Wanganui Collegiate School
Member New Zealand Law Society (NZLS)
NZLS Volunteer Cost Assessor
Member Auckland District Law Society (ADLSi)
ADLSi CPD Committee
ADLSi CPD Commercial Law Series Sub-Committee
REFEREES, CONTACT DETAILS ON REQUEST
Sarah Trotman, Director of Business Relations AUT Business School
Derek Lilly, Franchisor of Dream Doors NZ & Amazing Kitchen Facelifts USA