Benoit Charpentier: Co-Founder and Director, MeilleursHonoraires.com
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Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be in (or a customer of) the legal business?
My name is Benoit Charpentier. I am 35 years old. I was a practicing lawyer for 5 years. I also worked as an in-house lawyer for 5 years. I gained my professional experience mainly in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.
What do you do for a living right now?
I am co-founder and MD of MeilleursHonoraires.com, a web platform that allows any user (natural or legal person) to select a lawyer through a tender procedure. This “app-as-a-service” has been designed to facilitate the access to lawyers. We launched our Web Application back in December 2016. Our panel is open to lawyers practicing in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Our users are French speaking citizens residing in the EU.
The business model? The service is completely free for lawyers. The receipt of all anonymized service offers is free. Only if the user wishes to select a service offer, a broker commission of 20 € (VAT excluded) is requested. The contact details of the selected lawyer are then transmitted to the user.
What has been your greatest triumph and your greatest success in the legal services field and what did you learn from each?
The development of www.MeilleursHonoraires.com is certainly the greatest achievement of my professional career. It took us (my co-founder Astrid Lesguillons-Charpentier – who happens to be my spouse as well – and I) 2 years to develop and implement an expert solution that is easy-to-use and fully complies with the ethics of the legal profession. I learned that implementing a complex project is like a slow decanting process. Ideas re-arrange themselves with the time and one might end-up with a completely different project than the one originally anticipated.