Jason Moyse: Manager, Legal Business Solutions
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Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be in the legal business?
I started as a commercial litigator with a high volume practice focussed on debtor/creditor law, loan and asset recovery and mortgage enforcement. I spent my first six years in private practice and the next six as in-house counsel. Since 2012 — I have been pursuing the alternative career path of legal innovation and continuously pushing past my comfort zone!
What do you do for a living right now?
I very happily spin a few plates at once. I am pleased to be part of Elevate Services, a next generation legal service provider that helps law firms and corporate legal departments with practical ways to improve efficiency, quality and outcomes. I serve as Manager of Legal Business Solutions supporting clients with legal project management knowledge, software support and consulting in respect of lean process and change management.
I also work on behalf Law Made — a brand developed with my business partner which is focussed on the “makers” in the legal innovation space with a particular emphasis on supporting legal entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. We’ve helped raise millions in capital for startups, provided product development and client acquisition strategy and put on some industry leading events centred on legal innovation. We work with makers, firms, corporates, law schools and bar associations to improve or create new products, services, processes and business models related to legal services.
What has been your greatest triumph and your greatest success in the legal services field and what did you learn from each?
As an in-house lawyer, I was able to deliver the holy grail of converting from a pure cost centre to a profit based function. During my tenure, the legal spend was reduced 60% while financial recoveries from litigation and post write off activities were increased 100%. By returning millions back to profit as a lawyer — I became very popular with the leadership team! These days—my fulfillment comes from helping others succeed whether it’s bringing legal project management programs to life inside law firms, assisting corporate departments to embrace innovation or helping startups convert paid pilots to multimillion dollar contracts. It’s also a thrill keeping an entrepreneur in the game by helping to elicit venture capital for important growth initiatives which hopefully lead to new offerings in the market and creation of jobs.