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Lee McMahon - Support Legal
Co-Founder of Support Legal
Lee co-founded Support Legal in 2017 having understood first-hand the disconnect in the legal profession between the way lawyers billed for their services and the way the client wanted to be billed. The inefficiency in the legal sector, which led to higher than expected fees for clients, was fuelling discontent between clients and their legal advisors.
Having gained both top tier private practice experience and blue-chip commercial experience, including as a General Counsel of a UK listed company, Lee saw an opportunity for how innovation and technology could revolutionise the legal industry for all involved. Impatient at how slowly the legal world was embracing these opportunities, Lee and his co-founders created a law firm from the ground up with the aim of disrupting a century-old business model. Recognised for their innovative approach to law by the business community, Support Legal won several awards including MEED Startup Business of the Year 2018 and Alternative Legal Services Provider at the 2019 Middle East Legal Awards.
Lee, originally from Sydney, has been living in the UAE for over 11 years. Unlike many lawyers currently practising in the UAE, Lee is also a business owner of not just Support Legal but also Clara Technologies, a venture backed legal technology startup expanding internationally. Lee’s specialised corporate and commercial advice to SMEs and business owners (whether established or inbound from overseas), is not just from a legal perspective but as a trusted business advisor where he practices what he preaches. In the UAE, with a dynamic business environment, prevention is better (and cheaper) than remedy and that is what Lee strives to advise his clients.