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Meet the Team: Our Co-Founder & Business Lawyer

Alister Bayston

Meet the Team: Our Co-Founder & Business Lawyer

We’re introducing a new series showcasing the Bayston Group team.  We believe we’re the lawyers you’ve always wanted, and with a truckload of experience, we thought you might like to learn a little more about each of our individual team members and what informs our fast, sensible and flexible approach.

Today we’re showcasing Alister Bayston, who’s our Principal and Business Lawyer.  Alister understands Australian businesses. He’s been advising them since 1994 – big and small, in-house and in private practice, services, manufacturing, you name it. Many of his clients have entrepreneurial DNA so he understands risk and return.

 Clients love the care and attention he brings to every piece of work and his unflappable personality in fluid situations. All with his big trademark smile.

 So let’s learn a little more about Alister’s story.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND INCLUDING WHAT DREW YOU TO THE BAYSTON GROUP.

I had been working in all sorts of big organisations and seen law done well and not so. Leisa and I saw a desperate need for law to be outcomes based and to be valuable. So we made it so.

WHAT DREW YOU TO YOUR AREA OF LEGAL SPECIALISATION?

I love seeing businesses thrive and to overcome distractions from core purposes. The fracturing of law into multiple specialist streams left customers at sea trying to manage all the different threads of a problem. Businesses were crying out for a specialist generalist – someone who can work across streams and make it simple!

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST WORK-RELATED ACHIEVEMENT?

Now that’s hard to pin down but I do think that hitting 10 years trading as Bayston Group last year was a sensational milestone for our very rewarding business.

WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT WORK WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING?

We are the masters of the mini-break where the family can explore and play in different locales. That might be cycling the rail trails of the High Country or hiking Tasmania. Kids’ sports often keep us close to home on weekends which keeps us local, but with so much work time spent indoors it’s great just to be outside . . . whether that’s dog-walking, cycling or just tinkering in the shed.

WHAT CAN A CLIENT EXPECT WHEN THEY PUT THEMSELVES AND THEIR BUSINESS’S LEGAL NEEDS IN YOUR HANDS?

We bust a gut to make sure what we do makes a difference. We put ourselves in their shoes and try to see the risk and return as they do.

HOW IS BAYSTON GROUP DIFFERENT FROM OTHER LAW FIRMS?

We’re a one stop shop for business law and we always work with integrity and with a determined focus on the best possible outcome.

GIVE US ONE TIP FOR MINIMISING LEGAL RISK IN BUSINESS.

You can’t solve the problem until you’ve identified it. Sometimes spotting the issues is the hard part. We’ve been checking blind spots for 30 years. We’re pretty good at it.

We hope this has given you an insight into Alister and welcome your comments below.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

We look after the legal needs of Australian businesses, big and small.

Being business owners ourselves, we get it. We want services quickly and from someone who makes our lives easier, not more stressful. We want to know what it will cost. We want our advisors to know the detail of our business as well as we do, but also be looking to the horizon. 

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