Sign of the times: What you need to know about using electronic signatures to transform your business

Dynamic Business

Electronic signatures have been replacing their manual counterparts for years, but their use became even more widespread – and necessary – following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

No joke: New email ‘unsubscribe’ laws to be enforced from April 1

Smart Company

The federal government has stepped in and made amendments to existing laws relating to email communications, to take effect this week on April 1. It may be April Fool’s Day, but if you run a business, compliance and the proper management of your subscriber database, is no joke.

Leading women in business reflect on International Women’s Day 2021

The Big Smoke

This International Women’s Day, the focus is on achieving parity in leadership roles. To celebrate, we spoke to six women in business about what today means to them.

Challenges and triumphs: International Women’s Day 2021

The Big Smoke

In a century of celebrating International Women’s Day, we’ve overcome a lot of challenges, but we still have more to achieve.

Building a Better Culture

Company Director magazine

According to Plan: During a year of both consolidation and radical change for small and medium enterprises, stress-tested strategies and advice from SME owners may prove useful.

Business risk: a new year review for small business

Inside Small Business

The events of 2020 forced companies to adapt, virtually overnight, to a volatile commercial environment. Businesses needed to immediately (and in most cases reactively) implement tactical risk management strategies to be able to continue to deliver their products and services in the midst of a global pandemic.

Boutique or BigLaw: Why grads should want to work in both


Choosing BigLaw or boutique – or something in between – feels like a choice that law students need to make fresh out of university and it really comes down to what they value most in their future careers: like big clients they barely get to work with or smaller networking opportunities with much more autonomy. Or they can have both.

Protégé: Boutique to BigLaw and the benefits of both for young grads


Rather than committing to one or the other, soon-to-be lawyers may find that their careers will be better off by sampling small and big firms alike.

Podcast: On small business growth & leadership

Grow A Small Business

In this episode, I interview Mellissa Larkin, the Founder, and CEO of Peripheral Blue, a company that has been disrupting the way companies receive legal and consulting services by giving clients access to top tier, responsive legal and advisory services in a flexible and affordable way.

Peripheral Blue Founder, Mellissa Larkin, shortlisted for the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2020

The Big Smoke

Peripheral Blue’s Mellissa Larkin has been shortlisted in one of the legal profession’s most prestigious accolades.

PB named Business Legal Advisers of the Year 2020

APAC Insider

After nearly twenty years in the legal industry, Mellissa Larkin knew that the traditional legal model was broken and there had to a better way.

Podcast: PB Founder & Managing Director, Mellissa Larkin, in conversation

The Self Made Theory

This episode will inspire you to take a step back, reflect on your work or business, and think of innovative ways to disrupt the traditional, perhaps broken, business model you are working in.

All ears: how being a good listener can improve your business

Inside Small Business

Good listening is so much more than simply hearing what someone is saying, adding the occasional ‘mmm, hmmm’ for effect, and being able to echo what you’ve heard to the speaker when they finish (“So, what you’re saying is…”).


Small businesses cutting corners with contracts do so at their own peril

The Big Smoke

Privacy regulation has increasingly become a key risk area for business owners, especially for companies that handle large amounts of customer data.


SME Privacy Compliance: How to Safeguard Your Customer Data

Savvy SME

Privacy regulation has increasingly become a key risk area for business owners, especially for companies that handle large amounts of customer data.


Can Europe's Single Data Market Solve the US Data Privacy Challenge?

CMS Wire

From an American perspective, the European Union can appear to be a coercive force in the technology sector, ensuring that big technology companies don’t step out of line on issues like data privacy.


Forced into flexible working in 2020 - how organisations can make it stick

Flexible Working Day

Not so long ago, flexible working was something offered by startups, tech companies and a smattering of progressive organisations looking to attract and retain the best talent in highly competitive industries.


A powerful vision for law

Flinders University

2020 Winner of the Small Business Award, Mellissa Larkin epitomises the ethos of The Telstra Business Women’s Awards of “undoing traditional business for the better”.

Outstanding achievements by women in small business celebrated

Inside Small Business

The winners of this year’s Telstra Business Women’s Awards have been revealed. In their 25th year, the awards recognise and celebrate outstanding women shaping the future of Australia business..


Law-talk with Peripheral Blue Founder and Managing Director, Mellissa Larkin, and Director of Policy and Compliance, Kara Birch

The Big Smoke

Mellisa Larkin and Kara Birch sat down with Flinders University to discuss the legal industry of today, and what needs to change to make a better tomorrow.


Mellissa Larkin - A Bold Break From Tradition

Team Women Australia

Mellissa Larkin, is the Founder & Managing Director of boutique legal and consulting firm Peripheral Blue. She took a giant leap of faith when she stepped away from a successful 20-year career as a top tier lawyer to establish her own firm in Adelaide in 2016.


Flexibility at the core of a better working life

The Advertiser

Maintaining a “work-life blend” and promoting flexibility in the workplace has been the key to success for local lawyer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards finalist Mellissa Larkin.

Truly flexible workplaces require systemic change, not band-aids

Women’s Agenda

Flexible Working Day 2020 falls on June 10 and this year, the timing couldn’t be more poignant as the global impact of COVID-19 grows to Herculean proportions across communities and businesses around the world.


Successful female entrepreneurs have these 10 characteristics

Startup Daily

A 2017 report commissioned by the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship (WIE), which mapped the representation of women in the Australian entrepreneurial landscape, found that “while the start-up ecosystem in Australia continues to grow, businesses founded by women are still underrepresented, with fewer female-led businesses starting, scaling and securing finance.”


Mellissa Larkin named as Finalist in Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2020

PR Wire

Founder and Managing Director of innovative young South Australian legal and consulting firm, Peripheral Blue, has been announced as a state finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the category of Small Business.


Industry association meetings – 7 good reasons to go & what to avoid

Savvy SME

At a basic level, industry associations are not for profit organisations comprised of members that share a common interest.


The slow demise of billable hours

Law Society of NSW Journal

Momentum towards value-based billing is growing as clients demand greater transparency from law firms and lawyers seek a more fulfilling way to work.


A Letter To My Graduate Self

Behind the Brands

Congratulations. That sense of accomplishment and excitement you’re feeling right now? Hang onto it. You’ve earned it; and now your dream of becoming a lawyer is a reality.


Mellissa Larkin shortlisted as Employer of Choice and Wellness Advocate of the Year

The Big Smoke

Mellissa Larkin, Founder and Managing Director of Peripheral Blue, has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Australian Law Awards 2019, in the categories of Employer of Choice and Wellness Advocate of the Year.


Truly flexible workplaces – Fact or fiction?

The Big Smoke

Mellissa Larkin of Peripheral Blue believes in a flexible workplace and leads by example. Could separating some flexibility myths from facts, help improve your business?


Understanding legal risk: what every business needs to know

Kochie’s Business Builders

Risk is an integral part of business, and while most businesses have a good understanding of, and systems in place for their key operational risks, many remain unprepared for (or worse, unaware of) the financial pressures and loss of reputation that a serious legal risk can produce.


Mellissa Larkin shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Partner of the Year Awards 2019’

The Big Smoke

The innovative work of Mellissa Larkin has not gone unnoticed, as the Founder and Managing Director of legal firm Peripheral Blue has been nominated for a top award.


The culture of ‘overwork’ in law – What I know now

Lawyers Weekly

There has always been a culture of overwork and exhaustion in law. It’s been accepted as the norm – part of a rite of passage. Partners endured and survived it, writes Mellissa Larkin.


Disrupting the way companies receive legal and consulting services

Enterprise Podcast Network

Mellissa Larkin, the CEO and Founder of Peripheral Blue, a company that is disrupting the way companies receive legal and consulting services joins Enterprise Radio.

#BalanceforBetter: Advice From Leading Australian Women In Business

The Carousel

The International Women’s Day campaign for 2019 #BalanceforBetter could not be timelier, with the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap Report 2018 ranking Australia 39th in the world for Gender Parity.

Peripheral Blue Founder Mellissa Larkin On A Disruptive New Style Of Legal Practice

Women Love Tech

In recent years, a raft of articles circulated in the Australian media contained disheartening news for women reading who were either already working in the field of law or who hoped one day to be.


New focus on emotional intelligence (EQ) in the law industry

Business Woman Media

As we barrel headlong into 2019, an exciting new style of law practice is taking shape. Flexible, dynamic, and emotionally intelligent, these next-gen lawyers are putting their clients’ needs first and are the driving force behind the NewLaw movement.

Raising the bar in 2019, according to the experts

Enterprise Podcast Network

January is as always, an excellent time to turn over a new leaf. That’s what new year’s resolutions are about – making the changes you need to make in order that you could be a better, hopefully happier, perhaps healthier person.

Pop Quiz, Monday with Mellissa Larkin

The Startup Growth

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners.


Meet a CEO: Mellissa Larkin – Peripheral Blue

The Big Smoke

The Big Smoke sat down with Mellissa Larkin, founder and CEO of Peripheral Blue, an Australian legal and consulting firm with a fresh approach.


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