Access to justice in Singapore has been widened thanks to Edinburgh-based document automation specialist HotDocs, powered by AbacusNext.
The company’s program, which automatically produces a range of documents for lawyers using intelligent templates, has been built into the LawCloud software suite created by Singapore-based legal technology consultancy firm, Bizibody.
LawCloud is a pre-approved product for the Singapore Government’s ‘Tech-celerate for Law‘ funding initiative. Under the scheme, the Government will pay for up to 70% of the cost of a licence for LawCloud, widening access to technology that was previously only available to larger law firms.
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Having access to the latest software is expected to help smaller law firms to deliver legal services at a more competitive rate to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Tech-celerate for Law programme is part of efforts by the Singapore Government and the Law Society of Singapore to modernise the city-state’s legal sector by increasing the uptake of software and other technology.
Gary Lessels, general manager at HotDocs, said: “Having HotDocs-LawCloud suite pre-approved for funding is a huge feather in the cap for our team. Serving customers around the world is a key part of our business, with our services already used in 60 countries.
“Automating document production saves time for lawyers and therefore saves money for their clients. We’re not only seeing HotDocs make a difference to lawyers in legal practices but also to in-house legal counsel too.”
Serena Lim, founder of Bizibody, commented: “Tech-celerate for Law is a prestigious programme that’s helping to transform our legal system in Singapore. The feedback that we’ve already had from our clients about using HotDocs has been incredibly positive.
“Being able to automatically produce a range of standard documents frees up lawyers’ valuable time, allowing them to concentrate on offering tailored legal advice instead of being tied-up with paperwork.
Lim added: “Our government’s grant scheme will now allow this service to be offered to a much wider selection of law firms, which in turn will be able to widen access to justice by serving a broader range of clients.”
The latest deal with Bizibody follows on from HotDocs’ agreement in 2018 to power docQbot’s legal contract drafting service in China.