NewLaw, A Breath of Fresh Air for the Legal Industry

With technological advancement comes change. The NewLaw space is increasing in popularity and, as all successful businesses know, it’s no longer survival of the fittest, it’s survival of the most adaptable to the ever-changing environment.

A good friend and ex-investment banker once told me, it doesn’t pay to be first, especially in uncharted territory, but it pays to learn from the mistakes and successes of those who do go first and to adapt quickly.

This brings us to the NewLaw space. What exactly defines NewLaw, and is it any different to the traditional way of providing legal services to clients? The traditional view of lawyers is that they profit from a client’s detriment, to put it nicely, and that they are masters of shaping and structuring a client’s situation to benefit their back pocket.

These negative perceptions of traditional legal services are an opportunity for disruptive innovation by NewLaw providers.

NewLaw is all about change and will require transparency with clients and meeting their expectations, while providing value for money and alternative fee arrangements. It’s also an area where client-focused service, underpinned by digital technology, innovation, and access to lawyers, is critical.

A model that resonates with me is where the lawyer is part of the client’s operation, regardless of its size, and the legal services provided are at a reasonable fixed fee, like a secondment scenario. The relationship between the parties makes the lawyer more than a trusted advisor. The parties operate strategically, side by side, working within a predetermined budget. There are no hidden agendas or holes in the client’s back pocket.

That’s the NewLaw space that we’d love to etch into the legal services industry – authority leading by example.



Authored by

Raea Khan

Director Lawyer

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Raea Khan Circle
Director Lawyer
Raea Khan

Raea is Managing Director and Principal Lawyer for PBl Law Group. Raea assists clients with major projects, property developments, construction and strata law.

He has worked in Western Australia and Queensland assisting with expansion projects in the energy and resource sector and now predominately advises clients in Strata and Community Association matters.

He is a member of the Australian College of Strata Lawyers where majority of his work is advising developers and owners corporations with dispute related minor and major defects, strata governance and common property litigation. He is proficient at leading negotiations and meetings.

Raea has a particular interest in the commercial aspect of any dispute and always tries to weigh up the risk, reward and benefit of legal proceedings at each different stage.

Raea enjoys all forms of competitive sport, including Crossfit and actively participates in Triathlons, representing Australia as an age group athlete. He was a member of Red Head Surf Lifesaving club.

  • Strata Law
  • Construction & Major Projects
  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Planning & Environment Law