About Yegal

History

Yegal was born out of our founder Michael Buggy’s own experience as a law student paralegal and later a lawyer. Working in the legal industry across a 10 year period he identified:
  • – significant peaks and troughs in workload, especially for juniors;
  • – an inability among law firms to measure the productivity of staff;
  • – A general reluctance among firms to embrace process improvement and/ or technology (often to the detriment of the clients)
Yegal emerged in this context. Since 2017 Yegal has connected hundreds of paralegals with paid work opportunities. The team that supports our paralegals is driven by a desire to create professional pathways for law students. Our labour hire business model is based around our belief that legal work is generally undertaken on a case by case or deal by deal basis. Furthermore we think the best way to build efficiency into any legal team is to break up projects into their component parts. That is where Yegal fits best.

Vision

Yegal’s vision is to create a modern day talent marketplace connecting trusted, reliable paralegals to law firms and corporate legal teams on an as-needed basis. We help our law students paralegals gain practical experience and we complement this, where possible, through practical training. Our service helps clients deploy talented paralegal resources in a flexible and scalable manner.

Our Team

Iris Phan

Marketing
With degree qualifications in Business and Marketing, Iris leads our marketing team. She is passionate about technology and building customer-led marketing strategies that deliver business results. As a marketer, she is responsible for implementing inbound and outbound marketing strategies that help Yegal increase brand awareness, generate leads, and acquire new customers. When she isn’t working, you’ll find Iris practicing yoga on the beach, reading, and hanging out with friends.

Dan Yoo

Product
Dan is a software engineer by training, though he hopes to pursue a profession beyond those traditional titles that are easily defined. His wider interests include Marketing and Design, and as a result Dan has polished a skillset that is able to shape the product offering as a whole. As a Product Manager at Yegal, Dan is able to effectively leverage his experience and skillset to deliver strong, lasting results for Yegal and accelerate growth.

Swaroop Sunder Raj

Operations
Swaroop works in Operations at Yegal, and is tasked with making our paralegals more employable. With qualifications in both Commerce & Law, Swaroop was formerly a Yegal Paralegal and is now a qualified Solicitor. This gives him a unique insight into the challenges that law students face. Swaroop is driven to help make Yegal’s legal marketplace more harmonious for both client and paralegal.

Michael Buggy

Founder
Michael is our founder and is passionate about creating opportunities for law students. He previously worked in news media as a journalist before re-training to become a lawyer. After nearly a decade in insurance law, Michael’s own experience in legal practice drove him to start Yegal. Today he is striving to make legal practice more efficient through technology and wants to help as many law students as he can along the way.

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