TSR Legl Meets….

Rachelle Sellek  – Managing Partner at Acuity Legal 

This week we are interviewing Rachelle Sellek. Rachelle is Managing Partner of Acuity Legal and divides her time between client work and internal management.  She is also the firm’s compliance officer for legal practice.Rachelle undertakes a wide range of corporate work including acquisitions and disposals, private equity, corporate reorganisations, financing and joint ventures and also advises on banking and finance matters
What has been the main highlight for Acuity  over the past 12 months?  
2018 has already been a jam-packed year at Acuity with so much happening that choosing one highlight is nigh on impossible! Our Swansea office celebrated its first anniversary and it’s great to see our team there going from strength to strength. We teamed up with Swansea University on a new master’s programme in Legal Tech, the first of its kind in the UK. The course will teach postgraduates how artificial intelligence and other technologies are shaping the future of the legal profession. In June we were named property law firm of the year by Insider for the third year in succession – an unprecedented achievement! Perhaps the most exciting development this year has been our merger with a London law firm and the opening of a fantastic new base in Soho.
How does your firm stand out from the crowd?
We do things a bit differently from most firms, thanks to our entrepreneurial approach and open culture. With our new London office we offer a unique hybrid consultancy model for talented lawyers who want full back office support without the restraints of traditional employment. Our other innovations also differentiate us, such as an outsourcing model for virtual in-house legal support and a technology-based service for data protection and reputation management.
What is your favourite thing about working at Acuity?
The best thing about working at Acuity, without question, is the collaboration and teamwork with lots of great people. We’ve nearly doubled in size in recent years, but the one constant in our business is the strength of our people and the team ethic here. I love seeing talented people working together on interesting projects and fulfilling their individual potential at Acuity.
What advice would you give to aspiring lawyers?
The legal profession is changing, so take a holistic view and branch out from a traditional advisory role. Tomorrow’s lawyers need all-round social, emotional and technological skills.
What can we expect to see from Acuity in 2018?
Next year is shaping up to be just as busy with more growth and expansion into new service offerings, such as regulatory and compliance. Look out for a new website and brand identity, too!