Our Story

Originally launched in 2007, LOD is the original alternative legal service, born out of changes in the way people worked.

2006
LOD Co-Founder Simon Harper dreamed up the idea of a flexible lawyering service whilst on a beach during a family holiday – lawyers and clients want to work differently.
2007
8 talented lawyers answer Lawyers On Demand’s first advert seeking lawyers who want to work differently. Our first lawyer on assignment, Darren Heath, still works with us today and runs his own film production company alongside lawyering.
2008
Ken Jagger, then a partner at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) founded Balance Legal, based in Perth.

John Knox, then the Head of Business Development at A&O founded Advent Lawyers in Sydney.
2010
LOD’s UK turnover doubles.

Advent Lawyers opened their first Asia office in Singapore.
2011
Copy-cat businesses started springing up.
2012
Advent Lawyers and Balance Legal merged to become AdventBalance, making them the market leader in Australasia.

AdventBalance opened its second Asia office in Hong Kong.

LOD spun out from BLP to become an independent entity.

2013
LOD launched their On Call service, connecting yet more great lawyers with great clients in new ways.
2014
AdventBalance opened its fourth Australian office in Brisbane.
2015
LOD had grown by 700% in 5 years, and had over 400 lawyers working for us.

AdventBalance launched its On Call service offering.
2016
LOD and AdventBalance merged to create one of the world’s largest flexible lawyer businesses.
2017
LOD celebrates its 10th Birthday in the UK.

LOD opens in Dubai, the first flexible services business to do so.