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Beyond Billables

Aug 1, 2018

On today’s episode of Beyond Billables, we spoke to someone who is tackling the future of legal practice with the elegant touch of a designer. Meera Sivanathan is the co-founder and head legal designer at Dot. Prior to Dot. Meera worked as a lawyer for a leading international law firm in Sydney. She has extensive experience providing both legal and strategic advice relating to M&A, funds management, and private equity & venture capital.

In our conversation with Meera, we talked all about her work as a legal designer and how her team is developing innovative, human-centric and legally sound solutions for organisations, markets, and society. We traced her career origin story from Australia to Finland, talked about primary industry problems, improving end-user experiences, empathy, empowerment and touched on her advice for future lawyers.

Listen to the full episode to hear all of the above, plus things like...

  • The mindset of Nordic design
  • The transformational power of empathy
  • Why fast, low-cost testing is often the way to go
  • The danger in linear thinking
  • The definition of legal design
  • Examples of how legal design is being used
  • How to bring about different divisions within a law firm
  • A breakdown of the legal design process
  • The difference of getting a simple legal document today Vs. past
  • How legal design is empowering people
  • What lawyers can do to prepare for the future
  • Why the old student/teacher relationship of the attorney/client needs to change
  • How good design is often simple design
  • Why competing on expertise along isn’t enough anymore
  • Why there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ idea



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