About Martin Truman (the “senior partner”)
“Okay, so I’m not your typical lawyer. In fact, I prefer to think of myself as a legal entrepreneur. But like so many other entrepreneurs before me, I chose to set up my own business only after I had spent a good few years ‘learning the trade’ in the conventional way and believing I could come up with an alternative business model.
After studying law in England and Germany and graduating with an LLB (Euro) degree at Exeter University in 1992, I went down the well trodden path of working in London for one of the biggest City firms, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. After four years there, including secondments to the firm’s Frankfurt office and the London legal department of international investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, I then worked in the corporate department and German unit of London law firm, Fladgate Fielder, for two years.
I had great training and experience under my belt, but couldn’t help thinking that what progressive and entrepreneurial businesses were really crying out for was a more personal, responsive and transparent relationship with their lawyers than that provided by the larger London firms. And being an outdoorsy type, I was also getting a bit tired of being cooped up in the City.
And so, in 2000, I moved back down to Exeter to set up my own e-legal practice. My aim was (and still is) simple: to provide businesses and entrepreneurs with a personal, flexible and responsive approach and value-for-money, high quality legal advice. Oh, and also to be able to squeeze in some sailing or sea kayaking after work, occasionally: after all, a healthy work/life balance is what being a successful entrepreneur is all about.”