Meera Sivanathan on Legal Design, Finland and How Lawyers Can Prepare for a Reimagined Future


On today’s episode of Beyond Billables, we spoke to someone who is tackling the future of legal practice with the elegant touch of a designer. Meera Sivanathan is the co-founder and head legal designer at Dot. Prior to Dot. Meera worked as a lawyer for a leading international law firm in Sydney. She has extensive experience providing both legal and strategic advice relating to M&A, funds management, and private equity & venture capital. In our conversation with Meera, we talked all about her work as a legal designer and how her team is developing innovative, human-centric and legally sound solutions for organisations, markets, and society. We traced her career origin story from Australia to Finland, talked about primary industry problems, improving end-user experiences, empathy, empowerment and touched on her advice for future lawyers.

Listen to the full episode to hear all of the above, plus things like...

  • The mindset of Nordic design

  • The transformational power of empathy

  • Why fast, low-cost testing is often the way to go

  • The danger in linear thinking

  • The definition of legal design

  • Examples of how legal design is being used

  • How to bring about different divisions within a law firm

  • A breakdown of the legal design process

  • The difference of getting a simple legal document today Vs. past

  • How legal design is empowering people

  • What lawyers can do to prepare for the future

  • Why the old student/teacher relationship of the attorney/client needs to change

  • How good design is often simple design

  • Why competing on expertise along isn’t enough anymore

  • Why there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ idea


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