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Corporate lawyer, best-selling author, TEDx speaker.


Sarah Bartholomeusz is the Founder, CEO of the virtual law firm You Legal, giving peace of mind to growing businesses at all stages of their lifecycle. She knows her way around businesses, inside and outside the boardroom. Her passion is to provide leaders with the confidence and certainty to make bold decisions.

Current Work

Sarah is the Chair of the not-for-profit the Catalyst Foundation, an inclusive, independent and charitable organisation seeking to improve the lives of all South Australians in the areas of Ageing, Disability, Lifestyle, Employment, Business and Learning. She also serves on the South Australian Government’s Education Standards Board, and is the Asia Pacific Governance Director for the global not-for-profit, The Entrepreneur's Organisation.

In 2019 her Podcast, Accountants on Purpose, was launched, showcasing inspiring stories of Accountants who are leaders in their field. On the Podcast they discuss what makes them tick, how they got to where they are, and what they do for their teams, their clients, and the world.

Previous Experience

Law: Sarah Bartholomeusz has worked as a lawyer in Australia for the past 15 years. She has worked for top tier law firms and inside two top ASX listed companies. In 2013 she founded You Legal, a new category of law firm, that aims to provide clients with easy and transparent access to legal talent in a more flexible, cost effective and efficient manner.

Education: In addition to her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Adelaide, Sarah has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd, of which she is a Fellow. Sarah completed the AICD Company Directors Course in 2017, and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Directors and a Member of the Law Society of South Australia.

Awards: Sarah’s insight into the way legal services are transforming was recognised in 2015 when she won the South Australian Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Start-Up category. She was also awarded the Lawyer’s Weekly, Women in Law Awards ‘Thought Leader of the Year Award’ for 2016.

Talking Points

5 Simple Steps To Legally Protect your Medical Practice

So you've set up your practice, you have the right team and customers are lining up, nothing can go wrong, right? In this presentation, you will learn the essentials of business compliance, ways to handle when things go wrong, and how to protect your practice from risk in the future.

5 Simple Steps To Legally Compliant Marketing for Medical Practitioners

"Through this presentation, you will learn to focus on your marketing and be confident that your output and marketing collaterals are legally compliant. You will learn:

What you can and can't say when it comes to advertising, social media and your website
How to avoid AHPRA's radar by not breaking advertising rules
Examples of what you can say in your advertising that is legally compliant
Understanding online reviews and Google "

5 Simple Steps To Legally Compliant Social Media for Medical Practitioners

How do you capitalise on Social Media Marketing without getting into hot water with AHPRA? This presentation will explain:

How to understand the legislative framework around advertising a medical practice
Practical examples of compliant and not-compliant advertising
How to ensure you are able to grow your customer base using the power of social media without creating a risk for your business

Building a Rock Solid Foundation Documents all Business Owners Need & Key things to look out for

When you started your business, you were focussed on getting the right team and finding customers, but now you're looking back and realising there may be some gaps in your documentation that are leaving your practice at risk. In this presentation, you will learn what docuemnts every practice needs to protect your hard work, how to assess where your gaps are and what to do about them.

Contractor v Employee Doctors: A Guide for Medical Practitioners

Your doctors are in control of their own hours, book their own clients and pay you rent/service fee for shared services, so they're contractors right? well... maybe. Like everything with the tax department, it's a whole lot more complicated than that and the consequences of getting it wrong could leave you with a hefty bill in the future. In this presentation you'll learn to:

Understand the legal framework around contractors and employees
Know your obligations to your team and the tax department
How to prepare an agreement to protect your practice
Be confident that your practice is protected from

MBS: The Holy Grail of Productivity

This presentation will impart a step-by-step strategy to implement and maintain compliance with the MBS framework. As a result of attending this presentation you will know how to create a policy and generate a culture of open reporting and ongoing education.

Privacy & Consent for Medical Practitioners

From this presentation, you will learn how to navigate the legal and professional minefield around patient privacy and the handling of their confidential information correctly to mitigate any risk of breaching the new privacy legislation.

Street Wise: How to Manage Risk like an Underworld Boss

In this presentation, you will learn a step-by-step strategy to manage the risk in your business by investigating the strategies used by underworld bosses like Pablo Escobar. You will learn to identify and evaluate risks to your business and then develop and manage a strategy to mitigate those risks by using methods used by notorious gangsters.

You Legal's Story

Sarah had this vision of creating a law firm of the future where clients and lawyers would love to work closely together, a firm that the clients would feel and see the value of their money for the services that they purchase and a firm with great work flexibility where Sarah and her staff would always be available when clients would need them. True to her vision, Sarah and You Legal have now achieved and still achieving many great accomplishments.

Directors Duties & Agreements Your Practice Needs

At the end of this presentation, you will be clear on what your duties are as a Medical Practice Manager as well as what agreements and documents are required to protect your practice.
Sarah’s presentation was inspiring to say the least, keeping her audience captivated throughout. Her achievements are outstanding proving that anything in life is possible if you set your mind to it. Sarah’s presentation made you reflect on your own life and the possibilities if you put yourself out there, set goals and work hard towards achieving those goals. Truly inspirational. General Manager Logistics, Coca-Cola Amatil

Sarah is an engaging speaker who has the ability to enthuse people from diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds. As a strong business and community role model, Sarah’s speech on ‘Possibilizing’ empowered student leaders at our all-girls’ school to demonstrate resilience, grace and strength in all areas of their lives.

Student Welfare Support Officer, St Aloysius College

Sarah is an engaging and inspiring presenter who quickly captures her audience’s attention with her outstanding achievements. In my opinion, Sarah is able to motivate the future generation of entrepreneurs with her positive and optimistic approach.

Manager, Innovation and Collaboration Centre, Uni SA

Sarah is an engaging speaker and inspires those around her. Our team thoroughly enjoyed her presentation on "possibilizing" - they left feeling energised and ready to take steps in their own lives to make a difference.

Chief Executive Officer, Property Investment & Finance, Toop & Toop

Sarah's warm and generous speaking style links personal anecdote with tried and tested solutions, to guide her audience through a learning journey that is interesting and informative. Authentic and inspirational, Sarah will get your audience fired up and motivated to make positive change and reach audacious goals

Lincoln College
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