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Beyond Billables

Nov 2, 2017

Interested in hearing a bit of law industry heresy? Enjoy subversive opinions? Want to hear the story of how one lawyer broke out of the traditional model and found happiness? If you answered yes to any of the above, you won’t want to miss the latest episode of The Beyond Billables Podcast.

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In this episode, we sat down with Michael Bradley, the managing partner and head of the competition and consumer law team at Marque Lawyers, a boutique law firm in Sydney. Michael recounted his story of moving up through the ranks of a big, traditional law firm and how miserable it made him. Ultimately, Michael broke out on his own, founding Marque Law with the intent to find a better way to practise law.

In our chat, we got pretty deep in terms of the philosophy of money, business models, the legal landscape, altruistic endeavours and how Michael has found his place.

Listen to the full episode to hear all this, plus things like:

  • How working in a traditional law firm can make you appreciate one with an alternative approach
  • Why humour is such an important element of Marque Law
  • Why the legal industry is changing, but at a slower rate than most other industries
  • The challenges of running a business that takes into account more than just the bottom line
  • Why the traditional path out of law school/partnership track is shrinking quickly
  • The fatal flaw in the legal business model, and how it needs to change
  • The costs involved with compartmentalising your values
  • How shifting your focus to more than just profit can lead to a happier life
  • Conscious capitalism and the coming gay rights vote in Australia


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