Public funding boost for lawtech innovation

The Ministry of Justice has injected £2m into boosting the development of lawtech. The money will be given to the government-funded Tech Nation network to deliver and build on the work of the lawtech delivery panel. The panel is an industry-led and government-backed body, chaired by former Law Society president Christina Blackaws, that has been working since last year to identify and address both barriers to and catalysts for the growth of lawtech. Jenifer Swallow, former general counsel of money transfer business TransferWise, has been appointed to lead the executive delivery of the panel’s work, and Tech Nation will also be hiring two full-time employees to support her. Justice secretary Robert Buckland MP said that as well as helping to support the development and use of UK lawtech, the funding will “boost wider economic growth and pave the way for a technological revolution in the UK legal sector.” Tech Nation’s CEO Gerard Grech said: “The legal services sector is a major contributor to the UK economy, contributing around £25bn annually. Emerging technologies are transforming legal services, while investment in UK lawtech has tripled in the last year alone.”

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