Lander & Rogers has announced the makeup of the first intake of its legaltech incubator.
Start-ups Anika Legal, TA Law, and Mitimes, as well as the scale-up Josef, form the first group to join LawTech Hub in Melbourne.
“It is incredibly impressive to see Lander & Rogers and YBF Ventures put their passion and drive towards creating a centre of excellence for transforming the way that lawyers can do their work,” the Hon. Jane Garrett, parliamentary secretary for jobs, said at the official launch of the LawTech Hub. "With educated and compassionate people from the law collaborating with smart, energised technology experts, they can create a better experience and outcome for the people who critically rely on the law.”
The project was announced by Lander & Rogers and YBF Ventures in February. The hub, housed at YBF Ventures at 520 Bourke St, offers start-up and scale-up companies co-working space and access to Lander & Rogers experts and clients.
Lander & Rogers said that the hub is “an immersion opportunity for mature start-ups and scale-ups looking to collaborate, grow their companies rapidly, and be part of the up-and-coming legal technology community in Australia.”
The companies admitted to the LawTech Hub target different problems in legal services through technology. TA Law is working on giving barristers the ability to receive electronic briefings. Mitimes is working on automating lawyers’ timesheets. Josef is working on a platform that lets lawyers create their own legal bots. Anika, a registered charity, is building a platform for legal professionals to provide free legal advice and give law students the opportunity to gain practical experience.
“Clients are expecting more from their legal advisers and the industry has to respond. Lander & Rogers has chosen to look outwards and embrace technology, and our LawTech Hub is an important part of our response,” said Genevieve Collins, Lander & Rogers chief executive partner. “Through the LawTech Hub, Lander & Rogers can learn from the vibrant and engaged start-up community, and we can bring extensive legal experience and expertise to the table. I believe this is a powerful combination for both our firm's people, our clients, and our lawtech partners.”
Farley Blackman, YBF Ventures chief executive, said that LawTech Hub joins a group of the leading start-up hubs for technology and innovation in Melbourne, which includes hubs within YBF backed by the federal and state governments. He said that YBF and Lander & Rogers will be on hand to ensure the first group that enters the LawTech Hub has the support to grow their businesses.
Dr Philippa Ryan, Genevieve Collins, the Hon. Jane Garrett, and Farley Blackman