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Edinburgh-based Lawtech Valla Included in Gov-backed Sandbox

Graham Turner

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Lawtech sandbox
Scottish platform Valla is part of the government-backed initiative within Tech Nation that includes eight companies chosen to join the latest cohort of the Lawtech Sandbox.

Lawtech is one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the UK with companies growing by an average rate of 101% over the last three years.

Earlier this year, the LawtechUK report Shaping the future of law revealed that greater adoption of lawtech by legal service providers could lead to productivity gains worth £1.7bn to the UK economy.

The Lawtech Sandbox has been designed to help pioneering companies fast track transformative ideas, products and services that address the legal needs of business and society.

It provides access to a number of tools and services, to accelerate the development of game-changing lawtech, including access to legal datasets that are often difficult to source, and a fast-response forum of twelve cross-sector regulators to help work through
regulatory challenges.

Jenifer Swallow, LawtechUK Director at Tech Nation, comments: “Lawtech is the way we evolve legal services to meet the changing needs of business and wider society – there is a £22bn unmet demand for lawtech in the UK alone.

“Despite triple digit growth in the UK lawtech sector over the last three years, there are barriers we need to tackle collectively, to unlock the full potential of lawtech.

“The Lawtech Sandbox is about bringing people together to address those barriers and help lawtech pioneers accelerate through their development cycles faster than they could alone. The goal is for that support ultimately to benefit the whole market and push the boundaries
of what is possible.”

The latest iteration of the Lawtech Sandbox follows a successful pilot programme earlier this year, which saw five companies chosen for intensive expert support over a three month period, resulting in new opportunities for growth and collaboration.

Meet the Cohort

Valla
Edinburgh-based Valla is on a mission to make legal support accessible and affordable for everyone, starting with unfair treatment at work. Valla’s DIY law platform helps people resolve employment issues themselves without spending thousands in legal fees. Using Valla, people can collect evidence, generate forms and send legal letters. When they need legal advice, they can connect with a lawyer through the Valla platform at an affordable fixed price.

Avvoka
Avvoka is a document automation, negotiation and analytics tool designed to help law firms, in-house legal teams and businesses of all sizes draft documents, negotiate them, and leverage data insights to draft better documents, and get to “yes” faster.

Feesier
Feesier makes buying legal services easier for everyone. Businesses and individuals can split the cost of legal services into instalments at no extra cost. The legal services provider receives their fees upfront to secure payment and protect their cash flow. With Feesier, legal services become more attainable and paying for them more manageable.

Lexyfi
The use of electronic communication by employees exposes companies to a series of risks that can result in litigation, cause significant reputational damage and financial loss, and damage employee morale. Lexyfi leverages the power of artificial intelligence to prevent
these risks in real time, provide ongoing training, and increase trust and productivity within organisations.

Hunit
Hunit allows any law office, financial group or enterprise to write natively digital legal agreements. Their platform transforms today’s analogue investment agreements into legally binding smart contracts by enabling lawyers to embed self-executing actions directly within
MS Word documents.

LegalMe
LegalMe is an online platform that helps tenants facing housing disrepair pursue their own legal claims without the need for a lawyer. Using document automation and case management technology, LegalMe generates legal filings, manages correspondence, and walks tenants through every step of the complex claims journey.

Smarter:Contracts
Smarter:Contracts’ data privacy and consent management platform Pulse, enables businesses to manage their customer consents around data with greater transparency, security and control. Utilising blockchain and machine learning, Pulse allows people and businesses to manage their data in the same way they manage their money.

What Visa?
What Visa? seeks to combat the complexities of the UK’s immigration system. Their self service visa evaluation enables businesses and individuals to see at a glance whether a potential employee is eligible for a work visa, without needing an expert/lawyer. The tool
provides assessment, guidance on processes, and workflow tools to help employers that sponsor visas.


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