After admission in 1997, Stephen left law to launch sa-active.com securing venture capital from a joint Anglo/Mitsubishi Tech Fund. Sa-active soon become the world’s first and leading online event entry and management portal in South Africa.
After exiting he travelled extensively abroad and returned to South Africa to establish KWP Attorneys, building it to a three-partner, twenty-staff practice in the mid-2000s before immigrating to Ireland as a dual South African/Irish national to set up an offshore leveraged property fund.
Lured by TWI’s remote practice fee-share model, Stephen returned to SA in 2011 to take up a directorship in TWI but grew frustrated with a model effectively promoting TWI’s growth in the hope of an acquisition in wake of the global trend at the time.
Stephen relaunched KWP as a sole-proprietorship, his experience reinforcing the change in the legal landscape, with specialisation, legal-tech and digital marketing being critical to success.
Coming from a background in property and technology, the founder’s passion is not to set up another conventional firm, but to develop an innovative collaborative national network for SME practitioners.
Having tried and tested virtually every model as well as local and global legal practice management technology, the Linklawyer Model was developed to be unique, scalable, robust and sustainable.