Since launching 16 years ago, AIME Mentoring has been creating opportunities for Indigenous high school students across Australia (and the US and Africa). It does so by offering mentoring and tutoring programs, an online TV show, a podcast series, a virtual university and a global work marketplace. Being a large international non-profit corporation, AIME has many legal questions that require advice from experts in specific areas such as tax. However, as a charity they have no budget for external legal advice. We spoke to Justin Moses about some of the challenges he faces as AIME’s in-house lawyer and how he uses LVConnect to address legal issues on a global scale.

What Is AIME?

AIME is a not-for-profit Indigenous corporation and registered charity with a mission to eradicate educational inequality and build bridges to a fairer world. We rely on a combination of government funding, donations, and corporate financial and in-kind support, to run our free educational programs (and small apparel business) across Australia, the US and Africa.  

How Did You Get Legal Assistance Before LVConnect?

I am the first, and only, in-house lawyer at AIME. Before I joined the team in April 2019, AIME relied on pro bono legal assistance from two leading international law firms.

Why Did You Sign Up to LVConnect?

I was looking for a solution like LVConnect because our pro bono suppliers, while very generous, were not always as responsive as I needed them to be, particularly when I was looking for a sounding-board rather than for fully-fledged written advice.

I was very familiar with LegalVision from my dealings with them while I was in a senior in-house role at Westpac Banking Corporation. After leaving Westpac in 2017, I continued to watch LegalVision’s evolution as a firm because I admired its entrepreneurial spirit and its unconventional thinking.

I frequently drew on LegalVision’s extensive catalogue of articles and business legal templates for insights and guidance in areas of law that I was less familiar with. When I came across LVConnect, it seemed to be the perfect extension of that offering – expert advice on any legal question, available in bite sized pieces with the opportunity to dig deeper at an affordable price. 

AIME does not have a budget for legal support, and I pay for our LVConnect subscription myself. It is remarkable that such a recognised firm can make an offering like LVConnect available at a price that an individual can regard as strong value for money. 

How Has Your LVConnect Membership Changed the Way You Seek Legal Assistance?

LVConnect has given me the comfort of knowing that I can seek confirmation of my legal analysis (and often gain additional insights) at a time and at a price that amplifies my value to AIME’s business. I can use LVConnect to: 

  • distil my legal questions into digestible pieces; 
  • access the background and published articles of the lawyer who I will be speaking to on my phone consultation; 
  • enjoy a 30-minute consultation with a relatable, engaged adviser; and 
  • then take a commercial, practical legal outcome back to my business to implement.

What Features of LVConnect Have Had the Biggest Impact? How?

The certainty around cost and timing have had the biggest impact for our business. I can plan with accuracy and keep our management team informed on the progress of my legal analysis, because when a legal need for expert support arises:

  • I’m able to lock in a 30-minute consultation with a LegalVision lawyer within two business days; and
  • I know I will pay a regular, fixed fee invoice for their legal work.

How Has Adopting LVConnect Allowed You to Deliver Improved Results for Your Business?

I find that I am resorting to the LVConnect offering earlier in my legal analysis of the issues that AIME is grappling with. While I love to learn new things, research does take time. With AIME’s more unusual questions (of which there are plenty!), I often find myself falling a little short of an authoritative outcome, which means I’ll need to make a judgement call anyway. 

Being able to tee up a LegalVision expert in no more than 48 hours to listen to and supplement that judgment, means that AIME will be getting legal advice it can rely on with confidence by hour 49! 

What Is Next for AIME?

As a business, by 2023 we want to create $1 billion worth of opportunities and exchange through our IMAGI-NATION model, including $30 million per annum to support our day-to-day operations. We also want to reach our key milestones of 6,000 graduates per year and 1 million opportunities for marginalised kids, including through our Global Marketplace.

Affordable And Timely Legal Help 

Finding a trusted and affordable legal advisor can be challenging for charities and small businesses. From structuring your business or protecting your intellectual property, to reviewing your commercial lease, your website’s privacy policy or marketplace terms, LVConnect can give your business access to unlimited lawyer consultations and up to 50% fixed fee discounts, depending on the size of your legal project. Learn more about becoming an LVConnect member or join today by calling 1300 544 755.

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