A lawyer who partners with you.

Tailored, fixed-fee legal advice

 Business | Technology | Risk Management | Security | Compliance

Business Law

Support for owners, executives and managers in all facets of modern business.

Technology Law

Specialised insight and risk management strategies from an active consultant and educator in the emergent technology space.

Virtual Lawyer

Out-source your in-house counsel. Pay a flat monthly fee and have me  on call for whatever you need.

Legal Network

Have a particularly big job? As part of the Teddington Legal network, more lawyers are available if needed.

A non-traditional model for legal services.

 

Engaging lawyers shouldn’t be hard. If you’ve got a problem, you need it fixed. You don’t want to be paying for phone calls and extra appointments just to work out that you need to spend more money actually solving the problem. That’s why most of my work is either fixed-fee or in my capacity as ‘virtual legal counsel’ for companies. It gives you surety of costs and me the ability to just get on with the work instead of watching the clock so I can bill you by the hour!

 

Where Can I Help?

Negotiations, Agreements and Business Advisory

Drafting and reviewing contracts, building commercial frameworks and structures, settling on multi-party terms, employment and contractor agreements and ensuring your business runs smoothly.

Technology and the Internet

Website terms and conditions, Intellectual Property protection, confidentiality and NDAs, technology acquisition, licensing and implementation, software, hardware and web development, open-source, tenders and due diligence.

Anticipating and Minimising the Impact of Regulation and Compliance

Policies and procedures, open-source licensing, risk-mitigation advice, privacy and security obligations and best practices, technology assistance requests and technology capability notices strategies and responses.

Advice and Representation When Conflict Arises

Complaints responses, employee management, claims against other parties, responding to litigation, mediation and arbitration, general advice on litigation and managing conflict.

When should I consider getting advice?

Obviously, as a lawyer I’d always recommend you get help when doing something that involves people and business. However, these are some instances when I’d strongly recommend getting a review.  Prevention is almost always better than a cure and a small amount spent now can mean huge savings in the future.

You don't have a robust digital risk management strategy

Recent data breaches like Equifax and Marriot’s Starwood have taught us that protecting your digital real estate and having strategies in place to manage any risks is becoming increasingly important. A robust digital risk management strategy will not only help you in minimising your company’s risk, but also help mitigate any liability should the worst happen.

You're negotiating agreements, services or partnerships

When doing business with other parties, it’s important to make sure you’re maximising your position and minimising your risk. Countless times I’ve had people come and see me after signing an agreement, only to have me point out several big negatives or considerations that have been missed completely. Considering many of these agreements last several years, it’s imperative to get legal advice before signing on the dotted line.

Your contracts or policies haven't been reviewed recently

When things go wrong, the first thing people refer to (and courts look at) are the documents which govern how things were done. From employment contracts to partnership agreements, governing documents are important. When you add in the constant shifts in legislation which can potentially invalidate sections of contracts or policies, it’s important to keep your documents up to date and regularly reviewed.

You operate a service business
Your business involves the internet or communications

On top of having robust data management policies, privacy policies, terms of use and service agreements, you must now consider the impact of the Assistance and Access Bill. If your company in any way involves the internet or communications, you could be forced to submit to invasive surveillance and risk data breaches without any avenue for dispute. You can read more about the AA Bill in my in-depth analyses here.

Part of the Teddington Legal Network.

Teddington Legal is a new style of law firm. You can choose how involved we become in your business and engage us on retainer, part-time, per project or individual task basis. This flexibility gives you the support and convenience of your own in-house legal counsel without the associated costs of a full time employee or major law firm bills. 

My Approach

Having spent time in the start-up world and working part-time as a consultant in emergent technology, I’ve got a broad perspective on the ‘bigger picture’. Often, lawyers get bogged down in the detail or don’t consider commercial realities. I’m much more concerned about what your business actually needs, and have the background to provide meaningful and timely advice.

 A large body of my work involves companies which use technology as a key part of their business – because that’s my passion. Between running a technology podcast, providing educational courses in blockchain technology and even spending time coding blockchain-based smart contracts in my spare time, I’ve got a unique perspective on modern technology and business.

 I make it a point to get to know your business and understand what your unique needs and motivations are. I’m a strong believer that a legal advisor should feel more like a partner than a contractor – someone directly interested in you and your business succeeding.

How It Works

Schedule a Free 1:1

 I meet with you (and your leadership team) free of charge for half an hour to discuss your problem or your needs generally. From there, I’ll make my recommendations to you in writing. Schedule an appointment here.

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Fixed Fee Work

If the work required is confined and discrete, I’ll provide you with fixed fee quotes to get it done. Unlike most law firms which provide estimates, the fixed fee quote can’t be exceeded, giving you certainty about how much you’ll be paying.

Virtual Counsel

If your work is more long-term, or you’re looking to have a lawyer on your team without employing one full time, it may be that a fixed-cost, ‘virtual’ in-house counsel arrangement may suit better.

Want to know more or arrange an initial conference?