Daniel Walker: Founder & CEO, Dragon Law
#BakersDozen is a series of interviews with leading professionals in the fields of law, consulting, finance, tech, and more.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be in the legal business?
I entered the legal business through the traditional route of studying law in England, then doing a training contract and becoming a solicitor. I went into law, like many, because I wanted an interesting and varied challenge. I trained a DLA Piper, and later worked in Stephenson Harwood and Clyde & Co in their banking departments.
What do you do for a living right now?
I’m the founder and CEO of Dragon Law. We’re a legal tech business who offer a cloud based SaaS platform that lets businesses build their own legal documents quickly and affordably, which can then be signed online, and stored securely. We operate in Hong Kong and Singapore, and have recently launched free trial versions in New Zealand and Malaysia.
What has been your greatest triumph and your greatest success in the legal services field and what did you learn from each?
My greatest success has been taking an idea – that there is a more affordable and efficient way for businesses to do law – and (with the help of my co-founders) turning it into a successful business that now employs over 40 people.
Do you think the legal industry is headed in the right direction, the wrong direction – or which direction?
The legal industry is slowly moving in the right direction. Big law firms now look for advantage over competitors by using technology, and technology is starting to change the way lawyers work. Artificial intelligence for reviewing documents is going to change a law firm’s day-to-day work, and new practices that move away from hourly billing are going to change the way people pay for law firms.