Bringing efficiency theories to
the delivery of law.

Our Approach

We know the operation of law inside-out and we bring fresh thinking from the outside-in using theories from other disciplines.

The traditional approach is too slow, too out of date, and far too expensive. We take the red pen to inefficient processes, long-winded advice, over-lawyered contracts and ballooning costs.

We deploy a smarter, leaner, more cost-effective approach.

Allowing everyone to focus on the kind of work that matters most. Strategic matters. Game-changing matters. The big stuff. The stuff lawyers are paid to do — the stuff they want to do.

What we do…

We are disrupting law in two ways

For in-house legal teams

We think we are the best Legal Operations experts in Australia. We fix in-house legal teams by introducing efficient ways to deliver law e.g.: streamlining how things are bought and sold, how legal work is triaged and how to move to self-help. We advise teams on what legal technology should be implemented (and what to avoid). We also provide Engo Overflow to handle legal work when the team needs more capacity.

Our sister company ProtoLawyer can provide university trained paralegals trained in Engo efficiency to help take on the lower value work.

For companies that have no in-house lawyers

We have a ‘Virtual In-House’ service where we become your out-sourced in-house lawyers. We are the central point of all your legal needs and get to know your business intimately. When an expert is needed we brief our network of Engo Experts so you have access to the best hand-picked lawyers in the country at a figure well below the cost of employing a sole in-house lawyer.

We are committed to driving down your total legal spend on all matters. We apply our legal operations expertise to ensure you are always getting value at the lowest cost.

Simplicity – One point of contact, one monthly invoice.

Low Cost – A customizable plan specific to your needs.

Speed – The mindset of an in-house team with same day response.

Who we are

After working for many years in traditional law firms and in-house, it dawned on us that the best ideas and theories for running legal teams are found outside of law.

We researched these principles and developed specialised solutions to deliver law faster and cheaper. Other industries have been employing this kind of thinking for decades — now we’re helping law catch up.

We’re experienced in-house lawyers. We’re experts in legal operations. And we love efficiency.

  • Jason Ryan
    Jason Ryan

    [email protected]
    0409 970 391

    My personality profile constantly shows up a ‘severe dislike for inefficiency’ and as a child my mother said I always took short cuts. It’s no wonder I find what I do so gratifying.

    I was one of the first to bring legal operations to Australia and became a founding member of CLOC (Australia). I practised as a commercial solicitor and in-house lawyer in Melbourne and London for companies such as BUPA, AXA, Foster’s, and Treasury Wine Estates sharing a lot of ideas with like-minded General Counsels.  We all knew there was a better way so I set about studying a range of theories such as efficiency, process improvement, problem solving, triage, prioritisation and the power of metrics and data.

    What appeals to me about the work we do is freeing a legal team from ‘the grind of the small stuff’ and solving a client’s legal needs on the spot. Seeing people doing and ripping out cost is incredibly fulfilling.

  • Gavin Davis
    Gavin Davis

    [email protected]
    0409 261 374

    My love of efficiency comes from a family background in small business and my time as an officer in the military where I worked in various strategic intelligence roles.

    My aversion to inefficiency came about when I learnt the dark art of law firm time billing and its associated horrors. Moving in-house (ASX, Healius) made me realise that in-house lawyers often struggle with the skills and techniques of efficient work — it’s no surprise considering most lawyers are trained by law firms that treat inefficiency as a feature not a failure.

    For me, legal operations is all about helping other lawyers re-order their working lives in a way that helps them and their organisations to achieve their goals.

Organisations we have helped

We help in-house legal teams of all sizes and act as virtual general counsel for organisations without in-house legal teams.

Let’s talk

Jason Ryan
[email protected]
0409 970 391
Gavin Davis
[email protected]
0409 261 374
Taylor Penny
[email protected]
0400 814 924
15 Ebenezer Place
360 Collins Street
37 Bligh Street

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