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  • Happy Birthday to me !

    My business v-lex is four years old tomorrow. Has it been worth it ? Yes and no, to give a typical lawyer's answer. Financially it doesn't compare to being a profit sharing partner in a major law firm; however, there are significant compensations which aren't financial - considerable freedom and flexibility, no more management shit or office politics, and plenty of doing. And if I'm having a quiet day, I don't feel guilty about getting on my bike and riding in the Yorkshire Dales.

    Starting businesses is a normal state of affairs for me, and I like it. I joined Theodore Goddard back in the late 80's as their first IT lawyer hire, and helped the team to grow; then I moved to Sheffield and joined Oxley & Coward as a partner lateral hire with a brief to grow an IT practice. Six years later, the team decamped to Worksop to form v-lex limited, which eventually joined Beachcroft in 2006. It would seem that working in large, established businesses is not for me. I like the uncertainty and risk that goes with running a small business. So it's time for a hearty slap on the back, and best birthday wishes to me !

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