Note: This event is targeted at Law Students and junior lawyers to talk about the future of the profession
Our Kick off meetup will include networking and Q&A with Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer at Mishcon de Reya and Visiting Professor University of Law, followed by networking, beers and pizzas.
Nick is Chief Strategy Officer at Mishcon de Reya and Director of MDR LAB, Mishcon’s new incubator programme for tech startups in the legal space. He has spent the majority of his career working at the forefront of innovation in the legal industry. Formerly Managing Director of Axiom in the UK and Director of LexisNexis’s UK Legal Business, Nick’s expertise lies in the field of new business models, technology and knowledge in the legal sector. Nick began his career as a competition lawyer at Linklaters and then as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co.
Nick is a Visiting Professor at the University of Law, where he lectures on Law, Business and Technology and an Advisor to BPP Law School on Technology Innovation.
Let’s bring change and embrace the new opportunities
WHEN? Tuesday 7th February 2017 from 18.30
WHERE? Google Campus, 4-5 Bonhill Street, London, EC2A 4BX (see on Google Maps)
Thank you so much Balderton Capital for hosting our next Women in LawTech Event.
Monday , 16th January 2017 from 18.30
Balderton Capital, The Stables, 28 Britannia Street, London
• 18.30 – 19.00: Arrive Balderton Capital
• 19.00 – 19.30: Speed networking
• 19.30 – 20.15: Speakers and Q&A
• 20.15 – Finish: Networking and high fives
• Anna Boffetta speaking on lessons and tips from other verticals relevant to LawTech.
Anna is an Associate at Balderton Capital, prior to joining Balderton Capital, Anna worked with a business angel investing and advising early-stage UK startups. Before moving to London, Anna spent three years in New York, where she worked as data product analyst at YipitData, building operational skills while growing the data team, and as an associate in the investment team at Global Infrastructure Partners, investing in the energy sector. She started her career in telco M&A at Barclays, working on deals across Europe and the USA.
Anna holds two masters degrees in International Business from HEC and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, and a Bachelor in Management from HEC.
• Alex Ford, VP Operations & Marketing, Encompass talk on – journeys of a Law startup – Sydney to Glasgow.
Alex has worked with Encompass since the company was founded in 2012 – a journey which has literally taken her from Sydney to Scotland!
Following a successful partnership with SAI Global, including an exclusive Australian deal in 2014, Encompass launched in the UK in 2015 with their unique cloud-based data aggregation and visual analytics technology. With a pivot or two under her belt along the way, Alex has led the company’s marketing and played a key role in the establishment of the UK operation which now provided the leading KYC software for automating AML/CTF compliance.
Bringing customer focus, strategic thinking and innovation to the business, Alex oversees the marketing, customer success and product teams at Encompass, as well as overseeing the UK operation from the company’s head office in Glasgow, Scotland.
Previously, Alex was Marketing and Innovation Manager for the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership in Sydney and Hong Kong, and prior to that marketed software company The Distillery. She holds degrees in Japanese and Marketing, as well as Digital Marketing qualifications from ADMA and Product Marketing from UC Berkeley.
When she is not engrossed in all things Encompass, Alex is exploring Scotland, serves as a Director in her family’s Wholesale Coffee Distributorship business (despite letting down the Aussie stereo type and actually being tea-devotee!) and practices yoga!
It’s been a great year – let’s get together and have a few drinks to celebrate huge progress in LawTech. Registered founders can apply via EventBrite with the access code that has been emailed.
You must be a Founder or co-Founder of a LawTech Startup. If you are on our Founders list you will have been emailed a code to register for this event. If you would like adding to this list apply by completing this simple application form.
If you would like to host these drinks or a future event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 6th December
- Central London [Venue Announced to Approved members] – GB
FREE via Eventbrite if you do not have an access code please apply to be added to founders list.
This is the evening event for our LawTech Startup Conference (18th October, Shoreditch) featuring the Legal Geek start-up awards, judging from our hackathon and access to the startup alley. Did we mention an open bar and street food too?
The startups with the most votes on our startup map will qualify for the Legal Geek Startup Awards.
The Legal Geek Startup Map has been made possible thanks to our sponsor Thomson Reuters. We have only listed startups operating in the UK and over the coming months Legal Geek will be working with Thomson Reuters to map the global LawTech startup ecosystem.
After the success of the first ever Law for Good Hackathon in March in which the winning team Freshfields designed a virtual receptionist for Hackney Community Law Centre, we held our second hackathon alongside our legal geek conference in October 2016.
Learn more about how you can get involved in our Law for Good program.
Each team hacked for 24 hours on 14 – 15 October 2016 and present their solutions on 18 October 2016 at the first ever LawTech Startup Conference.
Problem we solved
Many of those in rural communities across the UK face difficulty obtaining independent legal advice and representation and therefore access to justice. This is due to the fact there are very few law firms in these rural areas and often firms will represent the council or a conflicting party in a dispute. This problem of conflict can be solved through technology, by linking up rural communities up with lawyers across the UK, not just those in their local area, independent advice provided to those in need.
To create robust digital solutions that will enable those across the UK, particularly those in rural communities, to access independent legal advice and services, and therefore justice in a more efficient way.
Our new women in law tech meetup group spun out of the Legal Geek network to promote more women into Law Tech.
Did you know 60% of law graduates are women but only 30% of partners in law firms are women. We think it is time to rebalance the books.
This meetup group is for both men and women, we believe empowering women in business should not be gender specific, the overall theme of the meetup group is to showcase, promote and inspire women in the new emerging law tech space.
This event will have networking drinks, speakers from women working in law tech startups and innovation roles in law firms. Hear from:
Clare Dundon, Strategic Innovation Manager at Hogan Lovells
Project Redefine is Hogan Lovells’ program of innovation and transformation. Clare works in a global team to develop the strategy and manage the implementation of a portfolio of projects.
Other speakers TBA.
Rushika Paulas, Crowd Justice
Rushika studied International Relations and then went on to study post-grad Law. After graduating she made the leap into London’s vibrant tech scene and worked as Head of Ops for a SaaS. startup – and has never looked back! She recently joined CrowdJustice as Business Development Manager and is hoping to leverage their amazing technology to make justice more accessible for everyone. Would describe herself as a true ‘third culture kid’ spending her childhood between Australia, India, Gibraltar, Spain, Sri Lanka and the U.K. Passionate about human rights, the law, politics and sorbet (particularly mango).
Toby Unwin, Premonition
Co-founder of Premonition, the only company that analyzes Attorneys by Win Rate and Inventor of the Premonition system.
“Premonition recently did a study into the courtroom win rates of males vs female lawyers. The women wiped the floor with the men…”
Toby began his career in recruitment, eventually founding NetSearch. The online headhunting firm received 4 offers in the first 27 days, valuing it at $160M. Toby Unwin was inaugurated as The Republic of Austria’s Honorary Consul in Orlando. Unwin serves as Chairman of The Municipal Guarantee Fund, a non-profit organization which has provided over $3Bn capital to financial institutions and won Fund of the Year. He is the bestselling author of several books, 10 patents and a video series teaching commercial property investment, owning developments throughout Florida. He sits on numerous boards such as Maximum Life Medical Research Foundation and the Central Florida Ballet. An accomplished pilot, he holds a World airspeed record. He speaks five languages and studied International Commercial Law at Kings College London.
Tuesday , 5th July 2016 from 19.00
Google Campus, 4-5 Bonhill St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4BX
We previously organised a LawTech Founders Breakfast. It was great to connect (co)Founders and 12 UK LawTech startups attended. Based on feedback we are moving this event to the evening (Weds 11th May) for drinks in a reserved area of a central London pub.
Thank you to our sponsor RAVN for sponsoring our Founders drinks and picking up the bar tab 🙂
The location will only be revealed to validated Founders. To attend:
- You must be a Founder or co-Founder of a LawTech Startup
- Register free via EventBrite for a ticket
- Once approved as a founder you will be told the location of the Founders drinks
- Central London [Venue Announced to Approved members] – GB
FREE via Eventbrite
Our Law Tech Hackathon, ‘Coding For Good’ rocked. We had 50+ coder work over 24 hours at Google campus (see all photos on our Facebook page). Learn more about how you can get involved in our Law for Good program.
The Hackathon was covered extensively in the media:
This weekend the UK’s largest Law Tech community, Legal Geek partnered with Hackney Community Law Centre, a charity which provides free and independent legal advice and representation to people living, working or studying in the London borough of Hackney, to host Europe’s first ever Charity LawTech Charity Hackathon.
150+ coders registered for the Law Tech Hackathon that ran at Old Street’s Google Campus with coders flying in from Romania, Gibraltar and US for the event. The 24-hour hackathon saw teams of Hackers and Hustlers battle it out to conceive, build, and pitch technical solutions that solve the current issues that effect the delivery and access to legal services in the borough and beyond.
Founder of Legal Geek, Jimmy Vestbirk says, “ There is a huge community of startups, coders and designers in Hackney, however there are also many issues delivering and accessing legal services in the Borough. The LawTech community is seeking to help the most vulnerable people in the community by solving these issues with technology.”
“ The main problem faced is that 50% of clients drop out after one meeting for a variety of cultural, social and language reasons. We thought that more developers and coders need to be involved in LawTech disruption to combat this problem and the hackathon is a creative and effective way to do this.”
Participants coded through the night (36 hours of no sleep) to develop robust digital solutions, which were judged by a panel that included a representative of Hackney Law Centre and tech industry leaders. Prizes were awarded to the top 3 solutions from 10 x 5 minute pitches that were most likely to improve access to justice by maximising efficiency for the centre and ease for clients to access legal advice. Participants included:
Winner: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer who built this solution from scratch in 24 hours. This is still live:http://hackney.azurewebsites.net. Runners up included an AI automated SMS virtual receptionist and an SMS alert system. Teams were also entered from Mishcon de Reya, Neota Logic and Softools as well at 45 individuals who were paired on the night.
Following the event Hackney Law Centre’s are inviting selected groups to test their products on potential clients and take their solution further with Hackney Law Centre, with the aim of being used as a pilot by other law centers in the UK and Julie Bishop, Director of Law Centres Network spoke at the closing event on Saturday evening.
Miranda Grell, Development Officer at Hackney Law Centre: ” As a small community charity with meager resources, finding new ways to increase our efficiency is of paramount importance to us…We are delighted to be involved in Legal Geek’s ‘Law for Good’ hackathon, as we believe it will help us continue to serve our clients and community to the best of our abilities.”
Matthew Ryder QC: “It was fascinating to be part of LegalGeek’s Hackathon and watch creative, clever minds in both law and tech spend a whole night, coding and coming up with great apps and ideas for a community law centre in Hackney. It’s yet another sign that London – already a global legal hub – is really embracing the potential of new LawTech projects.”
Julia Salasky, Crowd Justice: “What a thrill to see so many people with such different skill sets giving their weekend to solve one of the hardest problems of the legal sector – how to improve access to advice for the most vulnerable. We were blown away by the creativity of the solutions and the energy of the developers, lawyers and designers who stayed up all night to hack the the problem.”
Karen Winton, Managing Parner Nest VC: “Legal Geek’s Law Tech Hackathon for Good with the Hackney Community Law Centre uncovered some unique and creative ideas that have the potential to transform the practise of law within the legal aid environment and greatly improve people’s lives.”
Campbell Unsworth “Law For Good, was great – a hackathon with real impact for a worthy cause.” “Being lawyers in Hackney, we are proud to have been a part of this unique event and to help such fantastic technical talent provide a real impact for the HCLC”
WINNER: Milos Kresojevic, Enterprise Architect at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer:“Technology has huge potential to improve access to justice for people everywhere. This hackathon has shown what can be done in a very short time. We’ve enjoyed the experience and hope we can help more in the future.”
Join us for Europe’s first Law Tech Hackathon ‘coding for good’. Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) is an amazing charity employing solicitors and paralegals to provide free and independent legal advice and representation to people living, working or studying in the London Borough of Hackney and neighbouring boroughs.
The problem for our Law Tech Hackathon:
Working in ‘start-up land’ with huge investments, cool spaces and posh coffee you might not realise life if harder for some of the other residents of Hackney. Despite government cuts HCLC do a great job but they have many issues delivering legal services that can be solved by technology to help the most vulnerable people in our community.
The core problem this Hackathon will address is that 50% of clients drop out after one meeting, for a variety of cultural, social and language reasons. HCLC will start the Hackathon pitching three problem statements around these issues.
Prizes up for grabs include:
- £1000 worth of startup legal advice, thanks to General Standards
- £300 worth of Amazon Prizes, thanks to Crowd Justice and Amazon
Non-coder class (separate competition)
We have partnered with SofTools to use as a platform for building a applications without coding. Softools allows you to design and configure simple or complex business process applications using an 8-step process – without the need for software programming.
- Teams from the public, private, and legal sector will work together to conceive, build, and pitch technical solutions to tackle specific challenges for Hackney Law Centre.
At the end of the weekend (Saturday Evening), groups will be judged by a panel that includes a representative of Hackney Law Centre, tech leaders from government and our sponsors. The top 3 teams will be awarded prizes (to be announced!).
To create robust digital solutions that will enable Hackney Law Centre to deliver legal services in a more efficient way and be used as a pilot to be used by other law centres across the UK.
Post event, at Hackney Law Centre discretion, selected groups will have the opportunity to test their products on potential users and take their solution further with Hackney Law Centre.
Legal Geek – Stronger Together
** This breakfast is for Founders of established LawTech Startups only **
If you have founded a LawTech Startup please join us for breakfast to share stories, network and collaborate. Please make a donation to cover breakfast costs.
- The Hatch – 37 Heneage Street London E1 5LJ GB
10th December 2015
As part of LegalGeek.co series of 4 Legal Tech events we are hosting a Christmas drinks and panel discussion on how AI is changing Law. We are super stoked to be hosting our next event at Campus London, a Google Space, near Old Street.
** This event was a sell out with over 250 people registered. Thank you so much to everyone who signed up and made it possible ** Read a review of this event.
Warning: This event probably isn’t for you if you’re not ready to embrace innovation and disruption of the legal sector
By coming to our event you agree:
- To make friends and not sell. Our events are community led and not sales channels
- Come with an open mind. Tech is cool. AI is cooler
- Keep it informal: We have a strict no-tie policy, cloak room on site, at your own risk
- Arrive on time: Admission ONLY between 19.00 – 19.30
- 19:00 – 19:30 : Arrive and register
Please arrive between these times only. NO admission before 19.00 or after 19.30
- 19.30 – 19.45 : Speed networking
It’s all about community and making friends; with beer and wine
- 19.45 – 20.05 : Ben Gardner, Linklaters
What AI is and examples of how it is used in legal
- 20.05 – 20.25 David George, IBM Watson
Learn about Watson’s capabilities with demo
- 20.25 – 20.55 : Tony Williams, Principal Jomati Consultants LLP
Cultural, business challenges of new tech and changes in the legal sector
- 20.55 – 21.25 : Q&A panel for speakers
- 21.25 – 21.40 : Meet the Startup: Crowd Justice, CLAWS, ClauseMatch
Hear from the Founders of London #LawTech start-ups
- 21.40 – 21.55 : Networking and finish
- Venue closes at 22.00 but the party will continue at a bar
More speaker details:
Ben Gardner holds the position of Data & Information Architect at Linklaters LLP where he is leading efforts to enhance the Information Discovery capabilities across structured and unstructured information sources within the firm by blending search technologies with relational and semantic data integration solutions. Ben is giving an overview of AI and the context of law firms.
David George, developer of IBM Watson
Watson is IBM’s first cognitive computing system: a system capable of extracting understanding from unstructured text and learning from it’s interactions and experiences, using this to answer questions and make discoveries in a range of industries. He is currently a lead developer on the Watson Developer Cloud, which is transforming the Watson architecture into a platform that enables developers to exploit it’s cognitive capabilities in their own apps and solutions. Learn more about David George IBM.
Prior to this, Dale spent several years as a member of IBM’s Emerging Technologies division, creating prototypes and proof-of-concepts in social web and mobile, augmented and virtual realities, biometrics, the mining and analysis of Big Data, and the infrastructure to enable the Internet of Things.
Jomati Consultants wrote a report in November 2014 titled: “Civilisation 2030: The near Future of Law Firms.” covering topics including the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics into both industrial and professional sectors. Tony was previously managing partner of world’s largest law firm Clifford Chance. Tony was named “Partner of the Year” by the Lawyer Magazine in 2002 following managing the dissolution of Anderson Legal. Learn more about Tony Williams.
We have a no-tie policy and our events are informal networking and speaking events for Techies and Lawyers. Organised and sponsored by Jimmy Vestbirk, Legal Geek Ask a question in comments or for more info please email: email@example.com
20th August 2015
As part of the LegalGeek.co series of Law Tech events, we are hosting an evening of inspirational speakers including the Founder of Lexoo – “Leaving Law to Start a Law Startup” and the Founder of Living Lawyers – “Women Who Law Tech”.
The event was kindly sponsored and hosted by qLegal at Queen Mary University Law School.
– 7.00 – 7.30 Arrive & register
– 7.30 – 8.00 Intros & speed networking drinks
– 8.00 – 8.30 Founder Living Lawyers:“Women who Law Tech”
– 8.30 – 9.00 Founder Lexoo: “Leaving Law to start a Law Startup”
– 9.00 – 9.15 Q&A
– 9.15 – Finish Drinks / Pizza / Fun
LegalGeek.co are really excited to announce Daniel van Binsbergen as a speaker. Daniel is the CEO and cofounder of www.Lexoo.co.uk – an online legal marketplace connecting businesses to specialised prescreened lawyers. Lexoo is backed by Forward Partners, an early stage VC firm based in Hoxton.
Prior to founding Lexoo, Daniel worked for over 5 years as a finance and M&A lawyer at an international law firm (De Brauw), first in Amsterdam, then in London. He’s always up for a game of squash, and is a self-confessed excitable character. Don’t give him any balloons.
Our first meeting with Caroline Ferguson was so inspirational, we knew straight away that she had to share her stories with us. Caroline is a trained lawyer, but now focuses on improving lifestyle for lawyers, enhancing the client experience, and maximising productivity through Living Lawyers.
By taking a holistic approach and focusing on people, behaviours and technology, Caroline helps to identify, design and implement more efficient and effective ways of working. In short, Caroline puts the ‘aw’ in law. We’re in awe of her. You will be too.
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Leave the ties at home, please. We have a no-tie policy and our events are designed to be informal networking events for Techies and Lawyers. Organised and sponsored by Jimmy Vestbirk, Legal Geek. Ask a question in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
A big thank you to Queen Mary Law School for hosting our meet-up and providing us with a lovely location and well-lit room to chat. #LegalTech
Video the London and San Francisco round table
27th May 2015
The event listed below was a MASSIVE success. The pictures and quotes are from some happy attendees:
Following a hugely successful event in San Francisco, we decided to host another intimate roundtable discussion in London to talk about the new tech innovations that are being used to disrupt and innovate the legal industry and the implications, both positive and negative. We had over 50 attendees, and they had a blast
– 7.00 – 7.15 Networking and drinks
– 7.15 – 8.30 Roundtable discussion
– 8.30 – 23.00 Follow up discussions and more networking drinks
Pizza and beer was provided in this relaxed and informal setting to encourage discussion and networking (when in doubt, pizza and beer). Massive thank you to The Hatch, an amazing co-working space for startups, for hosting our first ever London Meetup in East London.
Thinking of leaving the legal profession?
We have 4 amazing speakers to teach lawyers all the skills they need to leave Law and run a LawTech Startup.
Jimmy Vestbirk, Founder Legal Geek
- Introduction to LawTech and Startups
- The Legal Market & LawTech
Leigh Middleton & Victor Szilagyi, Partner’s Occipital (they have done it all)
- Raising money and testing products (Agile and MVP principles)
- The cost of failure
- Interactive workshop
Zeev Fisher, (ex-lawyer) Founder Pekama
- Leaving Law to run a startup
- Selling into LawFirms
- Raising money from a law firm (Taylor Vinters recently invested in Pekama)
This is an evening session in an open plan Shoreditch office and includes food.
- Leigh Middleton, Partner Occipital
Leigh has launched brands and digital campaigns for global institutions in advertising, design and marketing. At Momentum Worldwide, Leigh was responsible for setting up the Copenhagen satellite team to take on the most signifcant global rebrand of Carlsberg since the beer company’s founding in 1847.
At Ogilvy, Leigh was one of the frst hires into the agency’s digital arm, OgilvyOne. During his time with the firm, Leigh directed campaigns for clients including American Express, British Airways, British Gas, BT and Bupa among others.
At FRUKT Communications, Leigh played a key role in designing FiveEight, FRUKT’s print magazine. Leigh was instrumental in the launch of Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music,’ the world’s frst global digital music subscription service. He has also designed campaigns for Microsoft, EMI, MTV, O2 and Organge.
- Victor Szilagyi, Partner Occipital
Victor has crafted products and services for some of the world’s largest consumer electronics, media and telecoms companies. At Intel, Victor lead UX strategy projects across Intel’s Automotive, IPTV, Mobile and PC offerings.
At Samsung Design Europe, as UX Manager, he was responsible for teams creating, prototyping and testing product concepts for the European market across Samsung’s TV, Home Appliance, and Services divisions. Prior to Samsung, Victor got his start in the UK working for Fjord (now Accenture), where he designed mobile apps for the likes of Yahoo!, Orange, Swisscom and Skype among others.
Victor is a named inventor on a dozen patents. He is also a NonExecutive Director for Repositive.io, a start-up simplifying genetic data discovery and sharing in biotech and pharmaceutical research.
- Zeev Fisher, (ex-lawyer) Pekama
Zeev is a triple qualified lawyer (Solicitor, Trademark Attorney, Israeli Advocate) who practiced IP law for 11 years, and managed a number of successful firms.
Building on his experience as a lawyer, Zeev set up on a task to fundamentally disrupt the way law is practiced, and turn the relationship between lawyers and clients into a tech-powered, mobile-friendly, smooth, collaborative and transparent relationship that both lawyer and client will value.
Since then, Zeev made two successful funding round and is working alongside a group of developers towards that vision. Interestingly, the recent funding round included a leading Cambridge law firm that also serves as the beta site for Pekama.
- The Hatch – 37 Heneage Street London E1 5LJ GB
Tuesday 9th February 2016 from 19:00 to 21.30 (GMT)
Calling the new wave of lawyers, entrepreneurs and techies who want to discuss ways that technology can be used to disrupt, improve and innovate the traditional legal industry in the UK and beyond.
LegalGeek.co host a series of 4 meet-ups a year that involve round table discussions, networking drinks, pitching events, and short, interactive talks from industry experts.
All our events are set in super relaxed spaces, complete with pizza, booze and we insist on a no-tie policy. We bring together techies, lawyers and VCs, and encourage open discussions. The meet-up ran beautifully in San Francisco and London, next New York and then world domination.