In partnership with Barclays Ventures, CodeBase plans to host a launch event for its LawTech Bridge initiative – with the first meetup set to take place in Edinburgh on Wednesday 27th November.
LawTech is a series of meetups that connects legal firms with unique tech startups than can help them boost innovation. The programme has already facilitated a series of collaborations between law firms and UK startups in London.
The purpose of the programme is to create a space to share experiences, create a common language and to create opportunities for collaboration.
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CodeBase’s Chief Strategy Officer and LawTech Bridge lead, Steven Drost, said: “LawTech Bridge breaks down the barriers between law firms and startups and provides a forum to discuss the technological advances and innovation that are needed to future proof law and Scotland’s economy.
“Meetups are in the DNA of the startup community and we’re now bringing this approach and startup thinking to the legal sector. We have already seen it start to pay dividends and we’re excited to bring the initiative to Scotland in partnership with Barclays Ventures.”
The meetup will feature keynote speaker Charlotta Cederqvist, Head of Business Development at the Law Society for Scotland, who joins a panel featuring a number of leading figures from Scotland’s startup and legal sectors including Miso.Legal CEO Pete Milligan, Rachel Coleman from Pinsent Masons and Amiqus CEO Callum Murray, whose legal tech startup last week announced a partnership with law firm, Anderson Strathern.
Steven Drost said: “Over and above the opportunity for startups and legal firms to meet and network, the education piece is an important part of LawTech Bridge and we teach what we describe as a playbook around areas like product development, partnership models and culture – areas that we know need to be broached if startups and legal firms are to get the most out of collaboration.”
Chris Grant, LawTech Director at Barclays Ventures, said: “We’ve already had some incredible speakers as LawTech Bridge has gone from strength to strength in London and we’re excited to now bring the initiative to Edinburgh. Overall, we can see that we are starting to build a community among lawyers and startups and helping to deliver real outcomes for both.”