Meet Natasha Lewis and Col Secomb, Co-founders of Legal Practice & Case Management System: Yao

Tell us about Yao


Yao is a legal practice and case management system that has emerged from the frustrations experienced by two entrepreneurial law firm managing partners, Col and Natasha. After encountering three inadequate and expensive practice management systems in their early years of running a law firm, they decided to take matters into their own hands and create a solution that would revolutionize the way lawyers work. Yao is designed to be feature-rich and user-friendly, built on the latest software architecture. It’s a cloud-based platform aimed at enhancing lawyers’ working days by simplifying complex tasks and providing an enjoyable user experience.


How did you come up with the idea for the company?

The idea for Yao was born out of sheer frustration with the lack of suitable software options for law firms. Col and Natasha, as forward-thinking managing partners, didn’t hesitate to disrupt the status quo in traditional law firms. They initially developed an in-house solution to run their own firm, which immediately led to increased productivity and staff satisfaction. This realization prompted them to embark on a mission to create an innovative, user-friendly, cloud-based practice management system that could benefit law firms of all sizes. What makes Yao truly unique is its ownership by experienced law firm partners, its continuous evolution based on user feedback, and its development by world-class developers—all driven by a passion to simplify lawyers’ tasks and automate complex issues.



How has the company evolved over the last couple of years?


Over the past few years, Yao has evolved significantly by actively responding to the needs of its user community. Its commitment to never settle for the status quo has driven the development of new features and functionalities. As more law firms have adopted Yao, it has brought to light frustrations with outdated practices in the legal industry. Yao’s ability to implement new technology quickly has allowed it to address these frustrations and revolutionize the way lawyers work. The close collaboration between Yao and its users has led to an organic evolution of the platform, making it even more powerful, easy to use, and aligned with the latest software trends.


What can we hope to see from Yao in the future?


In the future, you can expect Yao to continue its mission of getting lawyers excited about using technology effectively. The company’s focus on user-friendly technology, quick implementation of new features, and addressing real-life challenges faced by lawyers will remain at the forefront of its development. Yao’s commitment to staying at the cutting edge of technology and simplifying lawyers’ everyday tasks will likely result in further innovations that reshape the legal industry. As technology continues to advance rapidly, Yao will ensure that modern lawyers have access to the best and latest technology to enhance their working experience and drive efficiency in their practices.