The legal profession is one of the oldest in many countries across the globe; mankind has been making and breaking contacts almost since the dawn of time.
In recent years, there have been radical shifts in the application of modern technologies to streamline the legal arena, improve efficiency and even just make things fairer for the average person on the street.
Here are 25 of the top startup disrupters in the legal profession.
Avvoka is a cloud-based system with specialised document automation, negotiation, and analytics tool. Avokka is designed to help law firms, in-house legal teams, and businesses draft documents, negotiate them and log and track data insights from that process to draft better documents, and close deals quickly and efficiently. The platform allows businesses to create, generate, track, e-sign, and store their standard-form legal contracts online.
David Howorth, Eliot Benzecrit
Total funding: £150k
Brightflag is AI-powered legal spend management and matter management platform for corporate legal teams. Brightflag enables organisations to manage their legal spend via their easy-to-use AI-powered software. Brightflag processes billions of dollars of legal spending, saving its clients tens of thousands of hours in administrative work.
Alex Kelly, Ian Nolan
Total funding: $39.1m
BRYTER is a no-code software allowing its users to develop and build digital applications BRYTER provides businesses with the toolkit to deliver services digitally, without the need for coding, at a fraction of the cost. BRYTER’s corporate legal service automates legal documents, allowing lawyers to spend more time on valuable work.
Total funding: $89m
Casetext is an AI legal research technology designed for legal teams so that researchers can locate the right legal cases with ease. Casetext’s innovative technology has conventional search functionality as well as a CARA A.I.-powered contextual search, which analyses contexts to find the correct information quickly. The startup was by a team of former litigators from top law firms, in addition to Ph.D. data scientists and leading A.I. engineers.
Jake Heller, Pablo Arredondo
Total funding: $39.3m
Clio is legal management platform software, allowing businesses to run their law firm from anywhere. The startup offers a suite of online tools designed to manage a law firm. The completely online management system is designed for solo practitioners and small law firms. The suite of web-based tools aids legal firms in practice management and client collaboration.
Jack Newton, Rian Gauvreau
Total funding: $386m
CrowdJustice is a crowdfunding platform in the UK and USA, for projects aimed at improving access to the legal system. The platform enables communities to collaborate to access the courts to protect communal assets, such as a local hospital, school, or even shared values. CrowdJustice webpages are optimised to promote the content so causes can collect as many pledges as possible.
Total funding: $2m
DoNotPay is the world’s first robot lawyer. The startup is a legal services chatbot available for residents of the US, UK, and Canada. DoNotPay’s mission is to help clients resolve small legal claims affordably. The mobile app provides legal services for a small monthly fee. DoNotPay has also expanded to help users obtain refunds on flight tickets and hotel bookings, cancel free trials, sue people, and offer legal services relating to asylum applications and housing for the homeless.
Total funding: $17.7m
Eigen is a research-driven AI startup specialising in NLP for businesses in law, finance, and professional services. The AI startup is a solution for businesses to easily extract accurate data from their documents, to better manage risk, scale operations, automate processes and navigate dynamic regulatory environments. The customisable NLP platform understands context, can be applied to a wide variety of use cases, and delivers a high level of precision on far fewer training documents, and protects the security of clients’ data while doing so.
Jonathan Feuer, Lewis Z. Liu
Total funding: £59.4m
Epoq is a company that pioneered the development of online legal document services which are now the most widely used solutions of their kind in the UK. Epoq’s mission is to make access to legal services easier than before. Epoq’s suite of legal services is designed to make legal matters as straightforward as possible. Their services include access to legal documents, contracts and letters, document reviews and legal advice from lawyers, and simplified guides to the law.
Total funding: £10m
Farewill is a platform that provides all-in-one financial and legal services for writing wills. Farewill assists with the paperwork following death, as well as assisting with funerals and direct cremation. Farewill is designed to make the process of handling legal matters after death easy by simplifying complex processes and clamping down on legalese and hidden fees, with round-the-clock customer service operations.
Dan Garrett, Tom Rogers
Total funding: £28m
HighQ is the intelligent legal solution, empowering law firms and corporate legal teams to transform their workflow and deliver legal services with innovative enterprise collaboration. HighQ combines secure, enterprise-grade technology with an amazing user experience to assist businesses in effective collaboration, communication, and sharing information securely in the cloud.
Ajay Patel, Veenay Shah
Total funding: $50m
Ironclad is Digital Contract Management software providing business contracts for the digital age. Ironclad believes that legal teams should be doing legal work, not paperwork, so their software takes care of the legal documentation for legal teams, handling every stage of contract workflow. Many leading innovators use Ironclad to collaborate and negotiate on contracts.
Cai GoGwilt, Jason Boehmig
Total funding: $184m
JustLegal helps to connect clients and attorneys online, simply and securely. Whether it’s an individual or a business that requires legal help, JustLegal is a market search and comparison site, recommending legal service providers. JustLegal helps users to find local solicitors based on user location and shows any fixed fee prices available.
Joe Burchard, Victor Rojas, Willy Ogorzaly
Total funding: $250k
Lavatech is the first mobile application dedicated to helping law firms improving communication with their clients. The app enables users to securely deliver documents and pictures, obtain electronic signatures and keep clients up to date in the progress of their cases. The platform has an instant messaging feature and facial recognition for maximum security. Lavatech is the only provider to scan and verify clients’ passports via mobile devices using their pioneering NFC chip reading technology.
Total funding: £1.5m
LawGeex is an AI-powered automated contract review platform, designed to save businesses time, money and to help them close deals faster. LawGeex uses AI to review contracts based on the business’ predefined policies. Other legal tech solutions only flag unacceptable or missing clauses, but LawGeex redlines the contract instantaneously and handles live negotiations with the counterparty.
Ilan Admon, Noory Bechor
Total funding: $41.5m
Legalist is a startup providing legal data analytics services designed to help small businesses access the justice system. Legalist’s services help lawyers track state trial cases and get e-mail notifications for cases. They can also predict trial timelines before cases start, using Legalist, which enables plaintiffs and their attorneys to approach legal situations and complications effectively.
Christian Haigh, Eva Shang
Total funding: $100m
Legal Utopia is a startup that makes it easy for businesses to get information on legal services. Legal Utopia Leverages AI as part of its legal diagnostic system to deliver its mission to make law affordable and accessible to everyone with its design-focused approach. The AI system can identify and assess a wide range of legal problems, making it easy for small businesses to review and understand a range of common legal documents instantly and without legal jargon.
Total funding: £276.5k
Lexoo is a lawyer comparison marketplace helping businesses and in-house legal teams to select the right lawyer with confidence. Lexoo has a team of ex-lawyers who pre-screen and vet qualified and forward-thinking lawyers from all over the world, for the ease of marketplace comparison. Lexoo is a highly competitive marketplace, with lawyers being incentivised to compete for work, and users of the platform can see reviews from other businesses. The lawyers tend to be former big-firm lawyers who now work on a lower overhead basis. The Lexoo solution makes the process of finding a good lawyer, stress-free, more economical, and transparent.
Chris O’Sullivan, Daniel van Binsbergen
Total funding: $6.7m
Libryo is an innovative regulatory software and compliance management. The platform is a regtech solution designed to reduce legal insourcing costs and promote compliance best-practice by empowering organisations. Libryo filters laws and delivers only the regulations that are specific to the business at hand, so they can instantly know their legal requirements, track their updates and see their compliance status at a specific location.
Garth Watson, Malcolm Gray, Peter Flynn
Total funding: £3.8m
Luminance is a document AI-powered analysis software that identifies risk clauses, data visualisation, and anomaly detection, and manages mergers, acquisitions, and financings. It uses AI to read and analyse documents, helping lawyers and legal teams to categorise, review, and analyse various documents and contracts in the data room. This provides teams with insight into the contract management process.
Total funding: $23m
myBarrister is an innovative online portal allowing direct access to legal advice barristers. The platform provides direct, easy access to expert lawyers, so they can acquire advice for difficult legal problems, for both personal and business-related issues. Users can search for, browse the profiles of and directly contact leading barristers from across the UK. myBarrister is designed to provide advice more quickly and at a lower cost than from contacting a solicitor.
Total funding: £188k
Notarize is an on-demand remote notary service that allows anyone to legally and electronically notarize a document online. The platform also digitally proofs identities as part of its authentication services. Notarize’s mission is to help people execute important transactions securely and conveniently.
Adam Pase, Pat Kinsel
Total funding: $213.3m
Relativity is an e-discovery platform helping litigators by managing large volumes of data and identifying key issues during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance projects. The pioneering e-discovery platform is used by more than 13,000 organizations around the world, in the cloud, on-premises, or both as it helps them to quickly identify relevant data to their projects.
Total funding: $125m
SeedLegals provides a simple way for companies to complete the legals needed to raise investment and distribute equity. Seedlegals is helping startup companies to both fundraise and have the correct legal representation and agreements at their disposal. Legal agreements and representation organised by SeedLegals are processed more quickly relative to the average turnaround of the legal aspect of startup fundraising. SeedLegals is the UK’s number 1 closer of funding rounds and the UK’s number 1 for share option schemes.
Anthony Drogon, Anthony Rose, Laurent Laffy
Total funding: $5.3m
Signaturit is an electronic signature and trust service operating in Europe. Signaturit makes it easy to send, sign and manage contracts using their secure digital transaction software. Signaturit includes a suite of cloud-based tools complying with the highest legal and security standards, permitting businesses to deliver and sign legally binding contracts from any device, without installing an app.
Javier Martínez Fernandez, Juan Zamora, Salvador Severich
Total funding: €10.3m
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