Law 365 is a specialised commercial and employment law firm under the leadership of the Founder and CEO, Kim Simmonds.
Kim established the company in 2014 to make a difference in the way Microsoft Partner businesses work with lawyers. Law 365 redefines the modern law firm by partnering with clients long term on a monthly subscription model that covers all their legal needs.
Prior to Law 365, Kim was an M&A Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP. She has an LLM in International Business and Trade Law, graduating cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, and an LLB (European) from the University of Exeter.
Law 365’s Legal-as-a-Service (LaaS) model has been a great success among Microsoft Partners because of its unique combination of specialisation, affordability and client service. Part of its success is owed to the Microsoft Technologies that the firm has embraced to offer real-time legal advice, enhanced communication and efficient processes. The clients love the business model which emulates their own way of selling and billing – Software as a Service (Saas).
Being a mindful leader is a critical element in Kim’s success. Mindfulness isn’t a skill we are taught in school and not a practice often associated with the legal profession. So to hone these skills, which Kim takes seriously, she has started an “Inner MBA” course at New York University with other mindful CEOs to learn the elements of great leadership.
Kim applies what she learns at NYU to every aspect of the business, but especially the wellbeing practices of the firm such as the daily led meditation by Kim for all staff.
If it all feels a bit zen for a law firm, it’s important to point out that mindful leadership is successful leadership. Last year, while many businesses faltered, Kim Simmonds quadrupled the number of clients on the Law 365 books – from 11 to 40 – and increased her team from 3 to 14 (which continues to increase even now). She also added an employment practice to compliment her commercial offering and has won numerous awards.