Law a university for the real world


13 July 2018

QUT Law alumnus Shaun Restorick-Barton has specialised in startup and commercial law since graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2014. He is currently leading the Brisbane practice of Law Squared as an Associate.

Shaun’s work at Law Squared focuses on implementing a disruptive method of providing traditional legal services, otherwise known as “NewLaw”. NewLaw emerged in response to the rise of alternative and online legal service providers and an increase in client self-education. In contrast to traditional practices, Law Squared uses a fixed-fee retainer structure rather than time billing or internal financial budgets for teams. This contemporary model aims to encourage practitioners to focus on achieving outcomes for clients without the burden of meeting financial targets.

Shaun believes innovation is important due to the increasing disruption of the legal industry as a result of automation and Artificial Intelligence. This is particularly apparent in the growth of online legal document generators.

“In the immediate future, I see innovation benefiting larger firms by creating greater efficiencies. Long term, we anticipate that a significant number of simple legal and administrative tasks undertaken by lawyers will be automated,” said Shaun.

Shaun’s work has already seen this change happening. A highlight of Shaun’s career was his involvement in Cubed by Law Sqaured, a product which aims to simplify the legal process. Cubed by Law Squared uses technology combined with a human touch to provide tailored legal documents for startups and small businesses. His goal is to expand the presence of Cubed by Law Squared, while growing the Law Squared brand within Queensland and supporting its growth in Sydney and Melbourne.

He also aims to expand Law Squared’s mentorship to co-working spaces and universities in Brisbane and Queensland’s regional areas. 

By studying a law degree at QUT, Shaun found that he learnt the fundamental skills needed to understand the traditional mechanics of the legal industry as well as valuable insights into modern legal practice from innovative lecturers and tutors. He also believes that starting his studies at 26 was an advantage for his career.

“I found that life experience helped me to become a more relatable and commercially minded lawyer. I don’t believe starting a law degree as a mature-age or experienced student should ever be considered a hindrance,” he said.

“I would encourage those unsure about pursuing a career in law to consider the options outside of the traditional law firm channel. As a student who had previously worked in and operated retail and hospitality businesses throughout Australia and overseas, I felt that I would not necessarily fit the mould of the traditional law journey. My experience, however, allowed me to utilise my non-law skills to succeed in the NewLaw space.”

In an age of technological advancement, Shaun also emphasised the value of students building a professional profile through online platforms such as LinkedIn.

The Faculty looks forward to following Shaun’s work in this emerging area of law. To receive regular updates on the achievements of our students, staff and alumni subscribe to QUT Faculty of Law News and Events.

QUT Law alumnus Shaun Restorick-Barton, Associate at Law Squared