If you’re interested in learning how to use your legal skills to move into other industries of work, then you’re going to get a lot out of our conversation with Zac Bingham. Zac is a lawyer turned startup manager and business development consultant. Having worked as a corporate and commercial solicitor with Russell McVeagh, and then spending time with White Case Legal, Zac went on to help create Automio, a burgeoning legal tech startup based in New Zealand.
To view the juxtaposition of new and old legal careers, Zac is an excellent person to speak with. We covered a lot of ground in our conversation, and carefully teased out some of Zac’s biggest lessons and epiphanies throughout his career. We spoke about his early days as a lawyer, his motivation to change things up, transferrable skills and what the state of legal automation looks like now.
Listen to the full episode to hear all this, plus topics like:
- How Automio provides users with their own cloud-based lawyer bot
- Why Zac gravitated toward corporate commercial work early in his career
- The pros and cons of working in a big international law firm
- What motivated Zac to step out of practice altogether
- What differentiates people on the partner track versus those who aren’t
- How a childhood friendship sparked Zac’s current business
- What legal documentation automation looks like in practice
- Zac’s adjustment from solicitor to business development manager
- What lawyers can do to hedge against the risk of becoming less relevant