We ask member lawyer James D. Ford of Nexus Law Group a few questions to get to know him better and about the legal work that he does.
Tell us about the areas of law you practice in and the work that you do
I work broadly across all aspects of Property Law and Commercial Law (including Dispute Resolution and Litigation).
The two niche areas of my practice that I am actively working to grow are Green Development and Innovative Start-Up Ventures.
Here is a recent article where I was interviewed with regard to the emerging niche are of Green Development Legal Work.
On occasion, I also assist with broader legal issues for my High Net Worth – Private Clients as their trusted legal advisor.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I work for a NewLaw legal practice – Nexus Law Group, so I have have complete freedom to practice law in the way I choose, with the back office support of a professional team, so I can focus on the law, and directly assisting my clients.
What’s the biggest challenge or hardest part of your job?
Educating the general public, that money spent on legal services is for the most part, very well spent, due to the problems it can avoid and the benefits that can be gained.
What are you most proud of in your career?
I am most proud of my volunteer legal work at the Caxton Legal Centre. With regard to career accomplishments, I do not focus on these, but I am happy to have so many positive reviews from my clients. This is my measure of success.
What big changes do you think the legal industry can expect to see over the next 3 years?
Huge changes are already underway, This involves major disruption of the traditional legal way lawyers have served clients, which means ‘more for less’, and importantly, more clients will be able to afford to access legal assistance.
The internet, will be the preferred way that clients, search for, and increasingly deal with their lawyers.
Favourite TV shows?
Suits and Silicon Valley.
At what stage should someone contact you about a legal issue or matter?
Most definitely before you sign any agreement. However, it is even better if you speak to me before you commence commercial discussions or negotiations.
What should potential clients do before seeing you?
Gather together all of the relevant background information and summarise the issue or requirements, and the desired outcome.