Ever have a legal question that might take a lawyer 5 minutes, but would take you hours of research and uncertainty on your own? The online community is a great source of knowledge for a lot of FAQs, but sometimes you don’t want to gamble with the sites you trust and your attempts at interpreting the legal jargon secret code… Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just get an opinion face-to-face by someone who’s been there done that?
I’ve heard endless complaints that law firms in Scotland are too traditional, expensive, and lacking the startup-friendliness we hear about in the grass-is-greener Silicon Valley. And cheap Scottish stereotypes aside, most of us really just can’t afford hundreds of pounds every time we need some steering in the right direction, or reassurance that we’re on the right track.
Well I’m very excited to share that Dug Campbell of MBM Commercial is setting up a group to help tackle this problem. Aimed at helping tech entrepreneurs, the group will offer free advice and a chance for Q&A on a monthly basis. Not to mention a free meal (hey, he’s no stranger to startup culture). Dug has been active in the Entrepreneurship Club and is also working on his part-time MBA, so he’s a familiar and friendly face in the startup scene. A bit more info from Dug about the group:
Starting up a business, there are a hundred and one things competing for your attention – from big picture strategies down to the more mundane day-to-day issues. Being able to chat with people who have experience of the same issues helps you to isolate and focus on various key decisions that truly deserve your time. And, as we all know, a common problem facing any bootstrapped startup is how to cut legal costs by only focusing on essential areas whilst minimising the risks to yourself and presenting a professional front as you start to trade. Since so many new businesses experience slightly different versions of the same problems, we are setting up a monthly meetup to tackle some of these issues.
Either myself or a member of the MBM team will give an informal chat, followed by Q&A session and the obligatory beer and pizza. The sessions will be held monthly, starting in September, and based around a theme, with the agenda being set by feedback from the group as it develops. Whilst the group is aimed at so-called growth technology companies, the issues should be relevant for all budding entrepreneurs and is intended to be complementary to all of the other great resources out there (E- Club, Tech Meetup etc).
Sound cool? Dug is now looking for suggestions from those interested on a *name* for the seminar, and a bottle of bubbly will be awarded to the person whose name idea is selected (write your suggestion in the comments below, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if all this talk of legal issues has put your in a super secretive mood). He’s also keen to hear what issues people would like to have covered, so throw out your requests of tricky/annoying legal topics and we’ll see what’s most frustrating!