Episode 42 – Stafford Shepherd on history, law, relationships and happiness in a profession that he loves
Solicitor, Stafford Shepherd, is my guest in this wonderful episode. Stafford is now the Director at the Queensland Law Society Ethics Centre but he previously ran his own small practice for 20 years. In today’s words Stafford ran a micro practice but a truly successful one at that. What has made him a successful lawyer and being able to run his small business was his connection with his clients. Stafford is and was an innovator before his time, running a truly client centric practice before those words had the hype they do today. His genuine passion for giving the best opportunity for others shines through as an uplifting message for all us lawyers.
We also talked about the dynamic between being a lawyer with a private practice and being a small business owner. Stafford also covered his musings on the future of the profession and what his hopes are for young lawyers trying to find their way through. I loved his message that everything that lawyers do is value added to the lives of people, and I hope you find this episode with Stafford equally as inspiring!
Furthermore, we also talked about…
- Stafford’s love of history influencing his practice of law
- The philosophy of law being based around human relationships
- The beauty in the opportunity to make mistakes
- Lawyers not feeling conflicted about also being business people
- Why the profession will never be replaced by artificial intelligence
- How Stafford stays happy in his time away from his law work
- Nurturing your “other life” detached from your life as a lawyer
- The idea that there are more options for young lawyers than big firms
- Importance of surrounding yourself with family and partners