Small is GREAT XV: Law and Disorder

June 6, 2019 18:00 - 20:00


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Employee vs Entrepreneur

Many of us have been raised to believe that the best way to become financially secure is to get a sensible job and earn regular income.

But as an employee, aren’t you willfully putting yourself into a subservient position each day - one that isn’t at all secure when at any given time someone in a superior position can press a few buttons and reduce your income? Regardless of the number of hours and energy you put into your job, doesn't your ultimate fate lie in the hands of your boss? Can you have therefore have true job security when you have little control over your own compensation journey?

The answer to these tough questions led Catherine O'Connell to quit her job and become an entrepreneur in a traditionally rigid industry: law.

Law and Disorder

Catherine, who will lead the next in our series of Small is GREAT events, "Law and Disorder", says:

"The key to successfully transitioning from being an employee to becoming your own boss requires discipline and a change of mindset. When you work for others, you may wait to be told what to do; as an entrepreneur, you are suddenly driving all the big decisions, and every smaller step that follows also belongs to you."

On the evening of June 6, Catherine will assure us that building a business is not for the faint of heart. But, if you're willing to work slightly crazy hours, be surrounded by a bit of disorder, delay gratification and learn from your failures, you can build both a business and a life that is truly your own. After all, "Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream.”


About Catherine O'Connell 

Catherine has over twenty years’ experience as a lawyer, and three decades of connection with Japan and New Zealand, creating an extensive background in law, business, and cross-cultural communications. Prior to founding Catherine O’Connell Law Office, she practiced in a wide range of in-house roles and is one of the few foreign lawyers to have worked in the manufacturing industry in Japan. Catherine’s in-house work with clients such as Mitsubishi, Panasonic and Olympus is balanced with foundations in private practice in law firms in Japan, New Zealand and London. More about Catherine HERE


About Small is GREAT events

Launched in 2011, BCCJ Small is GREAT (SiG) events are aimed at creating an open platform for SMEs and entrepreneurs to build networks and leverage success stories in the Japan market.


  • Finger food and drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks) are included in ticket price.
  • Members who have paid their annual membership fee for FY2019-2020 can use their free seat coupons to attend this event.
  • Paid reservation by 3 June, 1500 after which there can be no refunds on cancellations. No-shows will be charged.
  • Bookings on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Prior reservation is essential. We cannot accept cash at the door.
  • Due to building security restrictions, doors will open at 1745 and attendees arriving after 1815 cannot be admitted.





セキュリティの都合上、 当日の受付はビル1階入口にて17時45分から18時15分までとさせていただきます。それ以降に到着されてもご入場できません。


Venue Information

Ark Hills Front Tower RoP
2-23-1 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo

Due to office security restrictions, reception will start at 1745 and attendees arriving after 1815 cannot be admitted.
セキュリティの都合上 当日の受付はビル1階入口にて17時45分から18時15分までとさせていただきます。それ以降に到着されてもご入場できません。

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Member Cost: ¥3,500

Non-Members Cost: ¥7,000