The beginning of a new year marks the beginning of a time for reflection—reflection about what one is grateful for, what goals were achieved last year and those that were not. It also marks a reflection about what lies ahead for the next 12 months.
- In February 2018, I headed to the NSW College of Law where I attended the Digital Legal Practice and Innovation Masterclass. The biggest take home from this Masterclass was the importance of making client needs central to my business. I honestly think this is the key to any business’s success. This got me thinking and refocused my energies on dedicating time to learn about technology and how I could further incorporate it into my business to diversify the affordable products and services.
- In March 2018, I launched our Online Store. I developed an interactive platform where people can prepare their own draft legal paperwork—whether it’s about divorce, parenting or their financial separation agreements. I continue to add to this so keep an eye out!
- In April 2018, Separate Together become the first Australian family law firm to develop an artificial intelligence platform to deliver a legal service—specifically the document called the Proposed Consent Orders for financial separation agreements. I partnered with Neota Logic to make this happen.
- 19 May 2018 marked the completion of Separate Together’s first year in business. The website was launched on 26 May 2017. I’m proud to say that the firm is still here and helping people from across Australia and overseas!
- In June 2018, I headed to Sydney where I attended the Legal Innovation & Tech Fest. Industry experts presented across an array of topics including how the legal profession is being disrupted by technology, the emergence of NewLaw, the changing role of lawyers, technology developments and drivers and forecasts about the future of artificial intelligence, jobs and automation. Now I’ve never been much of a tech-head myself but this was a fascinating conference.
- In August 2018, I was asked to speak at the Lighthouse Business Innovation Female Innovator’s Pitch fest. I had an absolute ball doing this and learning about the interesting ways that female entrepreneurs are contributing to the Canberran community. I also headed to Sydney for the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards where I was a finalist for the Sole Practitioner of the Year Award. With over 400 people attending, it was a big event and there were plenty of awe inspiring law firms, lawyers and barristers. It was quite an honour to be named a finalist in this award.
- In October 2018, I headed to the Gold Coast for Business News Australia’s Young Entrepreneur Award, where I was a finalist for the Australia’s Young Entrepreneur Award-Legal. Interestingly these days, I consider myself more of a business owner/entrepreneur than that of a lawyer. I’ve set up Separate Together to fulfil a void in the market place to add value to people’s lives—something which I’m very passionate about. Although only four of winners across the 21 categories were female, it was great to be recognised as an under 40 year old entrepreneur finalist.
- In November 2018, I attended the Canberra Women in Business Awards where I was a finalist for the Business Innovator of the Year. To me, to innovate is to do something different, which adds value. When I boil the basic principles of what I do in Separate Together, I provide a legal service and integrate technology to do so. The value to people who use the service includes the affordability, the time efficiency and the simplicity of process.
- In December 2018, I created the #separateogether community—a community where I send to my subscribers tips and tricks when it comes separation and divorce, insights into what’s happening in the broader community, important news and announcements, people’s stories, their questions, our answers and more. If you haven’t already signed up, you can do so by signing up here.
I believe that 2018 was a year of learning for me. Whilst I attended many conferences, the biggest lessons that I’ve taken away have come from the very people I work with—you.
My clients share with me their struggles, challenges, pain points and their happy and sad moments.
These lessons give me insight into the different ways that I can help people, so my deepest thanks and gratitude goes out to the people I’ve worked with.
Here’s to 2019.