Whether you are starting out in a new business venture or been running a design studio for a while, it's very important to develop an understanding of your legal obligations. Although it can be daunting, we can't shy away from our professional responsibilities and the need to protect our business and personal interests.
What's the first step? Knowledge is power, so get inquisitive, ask questions and do the research. We all have the tendency to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that these issues won't affect us. As we all know, however, even small issues can escalate into situations that are at best uncomfortable, or at worst, financially and emotionally troubling.
This is exactly why we hold our Seminar Series. It's a way for us to facilitate Q&A sessions with experts in specific fields, such as Demetrio Zema. Demetrio is a lawyer and founder of Law Squared. Not only does he understand the specific issues we face as interior designers but he's also a trailblazer in the legal industry.
In the lead up to the Seminar Session on Wednesday 18th September, we wanted to get to know Demetrio a little better and find out why we should get a grasp of the legal side of things.
TDC: Before we start, we’d like to get to know a bit more about why you launched Law Squared. Your business, launched in 2016, has been recognised as “Australia’s most innovative law firm”. What is it about Law Squared that is attracting such attention?
DZ: I was a pretty disgruntled litigation lawyer after having practiced for 6 years in two mid-size Melbourne firms and decided that there had to be a better way for legal services to be delivered. With so many of my friends and colleagues leaving law due to the significant pressures placed on lawyers, I came to a cross road to either start my own law firm and change that, or leave the law.