Has there been any occasions where legal has had to stop a Monzo Time project because it’s legally not feasible #KillJoy
I’m happy to say we’re not really that kind of team! To my knowledge it hasn’t happened, and I think for us to immediately kill a project for legal reasons it would have to be pretty bad and have failed a common sense check by the person running it. Sometimes we do work to lessen the legal risks associated with something, but it’s normally pretty collaborative. One of our team goals for this quarter was for the business to lose 0 days because of legal and I think we did pretty well at this.
What’s one misconception you think people have about your role?
That we all wear suits and rush around going to court all the time (I have had to run to court before but not for Monzo) we’re all quite chilled out and friendly!
What’s one random bit of legal research you’ve done at Monzo that you found particularly interesting?
Legal research is one of my favourite things to do, one of the ones that was nice recently was looking into what legal risks we might have when we have our own help chat system instead of relying on another company’s tech. It’s really awesome to see bits of work I’ve done being used!
What’s a typical day like in the legal department?
It’s a little hectic for me because I only work one day a week while I’m at university , I usually come in around 10 (I like to sleep, sue me) and catch up on my slack messages and emails. We have regular team meetings to let each other know what we’re working on, share knowledge and plan, we also message each day in slack.
I normally spend most of my time on ongoing projects like recording how we process and share our customer’s data, there’s also a lot of legally queries from customers or other teams which I pick up. I also try and devote a part of my day for things I’m excited about that might not be super important to the business (like this Q&A) I’m hoping to do some legal instagram posts in January too.
Ever watched Suits? How well does it reflect on your position?
I love Suits (but am not up to date). I think it actually shows the paralegal role quite well, lots of research and helping out the lawyers. For the lawyer role I think it’s not very accurate, people tend to focus on one area of law but Harvey seems to do everything from crime to corporate deals.
I think they show some of the pressures lawyers face (but in an over dramatised way) often you do work to crazy court deadlines, or have clients make decisions you might not agree with. It’s also way less competitive in real life, peers tend to help each other out rather than try and undercut them.
From an external perspective Monzo still seems to encourage a lot of collaboration around the company. How embedded is the legal team with the rest of product/engineering/security etc?
I think we do this pretty well, but it was another of our goals to let each team know who they should speak to in legal when needed (to save time). We’re quite easy to contact and run several slack channels for different types of query and people do pop over to our desks for a quick chat quite often.
I like to follow loads of slack channels I think are interesting even if I’m not involved so occasionally I do jump into a conversation without warning but this isn’t a very efficient way of doing things!
Thanks for your questions!