You’re the co-founder of dedicated SME la rm No ate What rom ted ou to tart it The legal profession, it is said, is one of the oldest and like most old and established structures, it is slow to innovate and change. I worked for many years in traditional law rms, as did my business partner. We saw a lot we didn’t like, which led us to asking ourselves how we could improve the processes. Novate works with small and medium scale businesses, and we aim to make the law more accessible, understandable and affordable. You’re al o a ocial acti i t and entre reneur Where doe that moti ation come from I’ve always been driven to want to eradicate inequality. Most South Africans love the country and are upset by what they perceive to be going wrong. We need to move from a culture of complaining to a culture of doing. My passion is transformation from both a gender and cultural perspective. Ho ha e ou u ed thi a ion in our le al u ine My business partner and I have found ways to use our legal skills to make a social impact. Social impact doesn’t have to be something feel-good and charitable, it has to be something that creates the kind of world we want to live in. We all want decent jobs, a better economy and access to opportunities. You can make these things happen through your business and still make money. What’ een our i e t mi ta e that ecame a i ni cant le on Staying in a job I didn’t enjoy for too long. I always wanted to be in human rights but I had good academic results, so a law rm seemed the place to go. I landed the big job and everyone thought I should be happy there but I wasn’t. It was a negative and competitive environment. I should have left much sooner, but in retrospect I learned a lot about how not to lead. What ad ice can ou i e a out u hin er onal oundarie to facilitate er onal ro th It’s important to do things that scare and stretch you. In 2012 I was working for an NGO in Berlin and feeling that I still hadn’t found my passion or place in the world. A friend offered me the chance to cycle with him from Germany to India to raise funds for a sanitation project. I’m not an athlete and I’ve always shied away from physical challenges but it changed my life.