A former Buddle Findlay partner has thrown in the Big Law towel with a view towards becoming a law industry disrupter with a new business.
Gene Turner formerly worked as a corporate lawyer with Buddle Findlay but has set up a cloud-based document management business that he believes can do to the law profession what Xero did for accountants.
Turner has set up LawHawk to serve as the disruption platform, which is due for its launch in May. The concept is to free up lawyers to practice law with the assistance of a fast, customisable document management system that reduces the time required to draft and review documents.
Other programmes provide such services, but it is Turner’s belief that he can provide a more flexible system with LawHawk.
In part the system arose from his own frustrations in developing documents in a manner that often lead to less opportunity to actually do the legal work on them.
“LawHawk’s essentially the tools I wish I had when I was in practice, and how I think most lawyers will want and need to work,” he told The Herald.
“In many ways, it’s similar to what Xero has done for accountants, freeing them up to become valuable business advisors, do higher margin work and enjoy their work more.”
The time-based constraints facing lawyers in document work means that a fast, flexible system like Turner’s can potentially significantly reduce the time-cost factor in their preparation.
In his work with Buddle Findlay, Turner advised on deals involving Infratril, the NZ Super Fund’s acquisition of Shell NZ and is now involved with other high growth companies.