11 APAC / Legal Awards 2020 , Peripheral Blue is an award-winning legal and consulting firm based in Adelaide, South Australia. Founded by Mellissa Larkin, a lawyer with two decades’ experience in top tier firms across two continents, the vision for Peripheral Blue was clear – a disruptive new style of legal and consulting practice, engaging top tier talent and employing the latest technology to champion the needs of the client. Understanding that businesses often need more than just legal advice, the firm also offers commercial advisory support to help clients effectively run their business. Since its launch, Peripheral Blue has developed a reputation as a company providing top-tier, highly responsive services, one which is committed to forging and nurturing authentic, trusted thought partnerships with its client base, which includes ASX200 companies, large organisations, and rapidly growing SME’s across a broad range of industries. Understanding that businesses have to remain flexible, dynamic and open-minded, Peripheral Blue has tailored its service solutions to ensure that clients don’t have to choose between experience, cost- efficiency and personal relationships. Responding to market demand, the company has developed unique new client solutions, such as its ‘Counsel on Call’ service for SMEs, effectively giving them access to their own responsive, in-house legal team – without the top-tier pricing. Counsel on Call is ideal for companies which don’t have an in-house lawyer or which have a small in-house legal team, and guarantees a level of quality and consistency not seen in other outsourced legal solutions. For larger businesses with existing in-house teams, Peripheral Blue developed its ‘Talent Partnership TM ’ solution, through which PBLawyers are able to provide insourcing and outsourcing services. The service is ideal for companies during times of increased volume, staff leave, or where there is a need to outsource specialist, specific, legal or policy advice, such as in response to changes to regulatory compliance obligations. As the Peripheral Blue team has had experience working in both law firms and in-house, they understand the importance of finding the ‘right’ fit to hit the ground running with their existing team. PBLawyers work collaboratively with one another to share knowledge but also make sure that any lessons learned during a project/ Business Legal Advisors of the Year 2020 - Australia After nearly twenty years in the legal industry, Mellissa Larkin knew that the traditional legal model was broken and there had to be a better way. In 2016 she founded Peripheral Blue with the aimof disrupting the legal and professional services industries by giving clients access to top tier, responsive legal and advisory services in a flexible and affordable way. We dive deep into the firm’s workings and successes to discover how they became one of Australia’s top independent legal firms. Aug20265 Peripheral Blue Company: Peripheral Blue Contact: Mellissa Larkin Website: www.peripheralblue.com.au transaction, especially where the in-house team has played a reduced role, are not lost. They then work with clients to help develop and retain their corporate knowledge and learnings. Integral to the success of Peripheral Blue’s innovative new model is the employment of the latest digital technology and communication strategies, which has enabled processes and workflows to be streamlined to assist staff and enrich the client’s experience. PBConsultants and PBLawyers are alumni of premier law firms, ASX200 companies and state and federal government agencies – passionate about what they do, and the driving force behind Peripheral Blue’s disruptive reimagining of the legal industry. As a ‘New Law’ firm, unencumbered by the traditional restraints of BigLaw, Peripheral Blue has stepped away from the traditional legal methods to offer something new, and has the ultimate freedom to adapt its approach as it grows. Working to reduce risk, streamline processes, and move forward with confidence, this independent firm is changing the face of Australian law.