Scottish independent legal firm, Anderson Strathern, has partnered with Edinburgh-based Amiqus, a technology company that provides online anti-money laundering and client on-boarding software to regulated firms.
The partnership will see Amiqus provide the legal firm with identity verification software that will enable Anderson Strathern’s clients to undergo secure, online compliance processes from their own device and in their own time.
The software allows regulated professions to request, analyse and manage documentation securely.
Anderson Strathern, which has 52 partners and more than 240 employees across Edinburgh, Glasgow and East Lothian, has invested in Amiqus via the Equity Gap angel syndicate the firm joined earlier this year.
The investment marks the legal firm’s second investment through its AS Capital division with the team identifying Amiqus as a partner to help it develop digital legal services for the future.
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Bruce Farquhar, chair of Anderson Strathern, said: “Amiqus ID verification software will enable us to provide a smoother and more secure client experience. We’ve also chosen to invest in Amiqus and collaborate with them because we recognise the increasing importance of digital and web-based services for the future delivery of legal services.
“The online space offers the prospect of widening access to justice in the future and we’re also keen to support local businesses with great ideas for impact.”
Amiqus CEO Callum Murray commented: “We’re building a world-class compliance and onboarding product as a first step towards supporting professional services into new ways of working. I’m pleased we’re able to do this from Scotland with ongoing investment and support from Equity Gap, Scottish Investment Bank, key individuals and our existing investors.”
Murray added: “It’s important that our purpose, values and approach towards inclusive growth match that of our investors as well as our clients and the people who interact with our products. We’re working as a technology partner to enable the ‘Proxy Address’ pilot, which is part of an FCA approved pilot scheme in London. And we’re keen to see how this may evolve in working with local authorities across Scotland alongside advice and support from Anderson Strathern.
“It’s testament to the forward-thinking approach of Anderson Strathern, as a customer as well as an investor that we’re able to build out meaningful partner relationships through a collaborative approach. As a result positive outcomes are possible for everyone involved whilst we continue to work towards making legal help accessible for everyone.”