We speak with LawTap lawyer Mark Dalyell at MMD Law located in Sydney, NSW to learn more about him and what he helps clients with.
1. Tell us about the areas of law you practice, the work that you do and the clients you work with at MMD Law
I help all types of people in the legal areas of:
- Criminal Law (defending all types of criminal offences in the Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court such as assault, drugs charges, AVOs and stealing).
- Traffic Law (including drink driving, drug driving and drivers licence appeals).
- Making a Will and Power of Attorney (Estate Planning), Probate applications, Guardianship and disputed estates.
- Residential Conveyancing.
- A ‘little’ bit of Family Law.
2. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Sometimes you’re able to positively influence someone’s day and life (as a criminal lawyer). I also enjoy working for myself.
3. What’s the biggest challenge or hardest part of your job?
My biggest challenge or hardest part of my job as a lawyer is managing expectations, getting to the truth of a matter and getting new clients on board.
4. What are you most proud of in your career as a lawyer?
Making it through the law degree! I’m most proud of being able to make a difference (sadly this isn’t always an option) as a lawyer.
5. What big changes do you think the legal industry can expect to see over the next 3 years?
I think the legal industry can expect more automation of legal services. A drift towards larger firms (and the slow strangulation of small firms). The “commodification” of the profession. Commodification = the transformation of goods, services, ideas and people into commodities, or objects of trade. A commodity at its most basic.
6. Favourite TV show or film?
I’ll get back to you on this… I’m a criminal lawyer, traffic lawyer and estate planning lawyer, so don’t have much time for TV!
7. At what stage should someone contact you about a legal issue or matter?
Contact me as soon as you become aware you have a legal “problem” or issue. This allows for the best preparation possible to help you get the best outcome possible.
8. What should potential clients do before seeing you?
Before coming to see me as your lawyer, please have any “paperwork” ready to hand over. It’s also good if you don’t come with preconceived ideas.