That I am an independent lawyer (in IT, IP en Privacy law) is not entirely a coincidence. I come from an entrepreneurial family. My parents are Chinese immigrants who left a poor life in the countryside near Wenzhou for the Netherlands in the ‘80s, which in itself is already an entrepreneurial move. The region where they came from, is known for its entrepreneurial people, its beautiful mountains and temples, and which has also become modern in the last couple of years.
Once my parents arrived in the Netherlands, they worked very hard to save money for their own company, a Chinese restaurant. I literally grew up in (and above) the restaurant of my parents and learned how to work hard from a young age. My parents eventually ran three restaurants. Entrepreneurship is also in the rest of my family. My two elder sisters are running their own businesses, and other family members, such as uncles, aunts, cousins, are also entrepreneurs and have their own wholesale business in luxury bags and accessories in Italy (under de brands Pop Bag and Desmo).
For me and for my family, the autonomy and freedom of entrepreneurship are very appealing. After 12 years of working as an employee, I have a clear picture of how I would like to work; independent but not alone. I will actively seek cooperation with other like-minded lawyers, to complement and strengthen each other. I have gained enough work experience in both law firms and in business, so I understand businesses well and look beyond the legal question or challenge. This allows me to really think together with the entrepreneur and to add value for my clients.
I enjoy working with innovative companies in the digital domain, for example in the field of eCommerce, online platforms, and innovative technologies (such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual / augmented reality (VR / AR). My work experience in the areas of intellectual property (IP) law, IT law and privacy law fit in well with these innovative companies, because they all have to deal with these fields of law, sooner or later. My experience in the digital domain also makes me more ‘tech-savvy’ than other lawyers. Because I like to give legal advice to companies that have “cutting-edge” technology, I call myself: “Chao Legal” and the pay-off is: “Cutting-edge legal advice”.
Chao Legal solves legal problems in the fields of intellectual property law, IT law and privacy law. In addition, Chao Legal stands for helping others in their legal development by sharing knowledge and skills (online) in an understandable and accessible way.
Chao Legal wants to make legal knowledge and skills available and accessible to everyone, online and offline. The goal is to reach and help at least 1,000,000 people; this can be both entrepreneurs and lawyers.
Chao Legal is the embodiment of the ‘digital lawpreneur’, the entrepreneurial lawyer who successfully builds several (online) legal businesses while traveling the world and working location-independently.
Send me an email if you want to know more about my entrepreneur story, or about my services as a lawyer or speaker.