lexvoco, the only partner-owned law firm operating across Australia and New Zealand, is taking on traditional law firms by beefing up its Law Firm Division with four new senior hires in the last month alone. All come with deep industry and technical expertise but unlike most traditional law firm lawyers, they bring with them commercial acumen from first-hand experience working in-house in the sectors in which they specialise.
Joining the lexvoco team are Daniel Gleeson as Head of ICT (previously at Google and Woolworths); Sarah Galbally as Head of Commercial (previously at Toyota, Southern Cross Austereo and St. Kilda Football Club); Ken Pang as Head of Asset (previously at De Lage Landen, Rabobank Group , Herbert Smith and Baker McKenzie); and Louise Unger, Head of Legal Services New Zealand (previously Head of Risk and Compliance at Bank of New Zealand).
lexvoco is the only law firm in Australia and New Zealand that exclusively hires lawyers with in-house experience. This was driven by their team’s experience of working with traditional lawyers, which Nat Parbhu, Principal and Head of Legal Services at lexvoco describes as “painful” and “frustrating”.
“Traditional law firms remain incapable of providing pragmatic commercial advice tailored to the client’s risk appetite as opposed to their own. As a result, such advice often remains underwhelming and impractical. Matters still pass through long chains of supervision with multiple lawyers often advising on the same documents. It’s just too slow and costs too much. In-house teams are frustrated – I know this from my own experience and we hear it constantly. I encourage them to seek out another way!” said Nat Parbhu.
It is often reported that the strategic focus for many large blue chip organisations is to be more ‘agile’ – and this means in-house legal teams also need to work much faster, simpler and more succinctly. lexvoco believes this is where many traditional law firms are failing to adapt. lexvoco’s growing client list suggests the trend to a new way of working is evident, as they have already won over major ASX, privately owned and Fortune 500 companies.
“Briefing lawyers with in-house legal experience has tangible benefits that begin with the brief and continue through to responsiveness, quality and commercial understanding of risk relative to the total cost. There are times when I don’t know where my legal department ends and lexvoco begins and that works for everyone, especially the client,” said Nick Galloway – General Counsel, ANZ and SE Asia, PPG.
lexvoco’s expanded Law Firm Division also stands it in good stead to assist more in-house teams through its Legal Operations Division and Legal TechnologyDivision. Through this holistic offer, the team can add further value to its clients beyond what’s offered by traditional law firms.
The team’s in-house experience includes Westpac, Fosters, Treasury Wine Estates, Nissan, Diageo, Dell, Google, carsales.com.au, Red Cross, BHP, BP, Australia Post, DDL (Rabobank), St. Kilda Football Club and Southern Cross & Austereo among others.
lexvoco’s existing law firm clients include Airbnb, Cotton On, Allianz, PPG (Taubmans), and Santos.