We speak with LawTap lawyer Tiago De Silva at Vivais Law located in Crows Nest, Sydney, NSW to learn more about him and his law firm.
1. Tell us about the areas of law you practice, the work that you do and the clients you work with at Vivais Law
Business law and charities law. We work mainly with new businesses or organisations looking to get themselves set up with the proper legal structures and resources, and to these new organisations, we offer a two stage set up process. The first stage is a company registration with a customer agreement they can use to start running their business straight away, with certain add-on options. The second stage involves the client customising their choice of resources according to the type of organisation they are starting, and we can of course recommend which products go into their Stage 2 package. For charities, we offer a package whereby we set up their organisation and register it with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
Outside of these packages, we offer our expertise to prepare and review any business contract our clients bring to us, with their specific concerns and desired outcomes being the focus of that work.
2. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy how much I am able to help people by navigating the legal aspects of their business for them. My greatest asset is being able to appreciate the commercial realities of what they are facing and not simply to give them cut-and-dry legal advice.
3. What’s the biggest challenge or hardest part of your job?
The reality that we can only help a certain number of clients at a time in order to retain the quality of the work we provide.
4. What are you most proud of in your career as a lawyer?
I am most proud of reaching 10 years of legal practice in 2015. I have had a wonderful and varied career as a lawyer that has been a true education to me, not only in terms of legal skills, but also in how I relate to people and the issues they face in the world of business and beyond.
5. What big changes do you think the legal industry can expect to see over the next 3 years?
The big changes will be along the lines of the integration of technology into the legal industry. The traditional foundations of our industry must now accept innovation and technology as a way of doing better business and also to make legal services more accessible to all people. Already we are seeing artificial intelligence such as IBM’s Watson able to answer certain legal questions and the ability of technology to provide certain functions will only increase. The industry must stop resisting technology and embrace it more comprehensively to maximise our ability as lawyers to help people who seek our services.
6. Favourite TV show or film?
Friday Night Lights. It highlights the comprehensive importance of character to being successful in any endeavour.
7. At what stage should someone contact you about a legal issue or matter?
For me specifically, they should contact me when they are ready to set up their organisation. For contract preparation matters, they should contact me as soon as a commercial arrangement is being contemplated. For contract review matters, they should contact me as early as possible in contract negotiations or as soon as they receive a draft copy of their contract.
8. What should potential clients do before seeing you?
Give me a succinct summary of the situation and the outcome(s) they are seeking so I have a clear view of what I will deliver for them. Other than that, potential clients should try not to worry about any eventualities until we have spoken. I find in life that it’s best not to worry until there’s definitely something to worry about, and even then, I leave the worry out of it and get on with doing what needs to be done.
The only other thing to remember is that I am the type of person you can come to with any issue and I’ll help you find a way to manage it and achieve the outcome you desire. That is more to do with who I am as a person than being a lawyer with specific practice areas.