09 Jul Hawryliw brings business background to commercial litigation
Barrie commercial litigation and employment lawyer Scott Hawryliw wants to do law differently.
Hawryliw founded SRH Litigation in 2018 after a number of years practising with a renowned local firm, with the aim of changing the public perception of law firms as traditional, stuffy institutions.
“There is a certain experience that most people expect from a law firm,” he tells AdvocateDaily.com. “But I’m trying to steer away from that by operating in a more modern way, and focusing on customer service and value.
“In addition to hourly rates, I also use fixed-fee and hybrid retainers as well as contingency agreements for certain types of files,” Hawryliw adds.
He also makes himself available to meet clients during evenings and weekends, according to their preferences, recognizing that it’s unrealistic to expect everyone to be available for appointment times in the regular hours of 9-to-5.
“Many people are surprised that I will meet them outside of normal business hours, but they’re also very happy that it’s an option,” Hawryliw says.
He knows better than most what clients are looking for, having spent time in their shoes after he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree, was awarded an MBA, and gained experience in business before being called to the bar.
“I know what issues concern them,“ Hawryliw says. “Many of the files I work on for corporate clients are at the intersection of legal and business issues, and I think being able to understand their operations helps me get to better solutions for their problems.”
After a number of years as an associate, he’s also relishing the opportunity to run his own business.
“It can be a scary thing to do, but I have zero regrets,” Hawryliw says. ”There’s more responsibility, but at the same time, you have more control over the shape and development of your practice.
“It’s been wonderful,” he adds.
Hawryliw, who was nominated for Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 influential young lawyers of 2018, says commercial clients often feel more comfortable working with a lawyer who speaks their language and encourages them to think of their case in terms of return on investment.
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