Traditionally, lawyers and legal representation are conservative, slow, methodical, and expensive. But now legal tech startups are stepping up to the bar, using technology such as AI and machine learning, teleoperations, and apps to bring justice to more people than ever before.
Despite the best efforts of startups like DoNotPay we're not in a time where AI will argue defence cases in court, but machine learning has a valuable part to play in legal disputes. Legal tech increases efficiency, reduces delays, and lowers costs, making legal services more accessible than ever before. Let’s take a look:
Lawyer365 brings teleconsulting to law with a digital app providing access to free legal information services and free appointments with qualified lawyers, straight from your smartphone.
As the name suggests, Lawyer 365 lets you see a lawyer by video 365 days a year in minutes.
Legal document templates are available, including hundreds of editable agreements and contracts to enable you to protect your business and keep up with your legal and compliance requirements.
The company has raised $1.8M in funding over two rounds, including a seed round in April 2022.
If there’s one workplace task begging for legal automation, it's the drafting of legal documentation. Avokaado has developed automated templates that can draft even the most complex documents and contracts up to 98% faster.
The company raised €700,000 in pre-seed funding in 2021.
Chi Odia Paga (Italy)
Cybercrimes happen every day, but the laws in many countries are decades behind rapidly evolving technology.
In Italy, conduct such as stalking, revenge porn, defamation, and threats, if prosecuted, can result in fines and even prison sentences.
Chi Odia Paga offers a quick and functional digital service to fight hate online and help people who have suffered legally prosecutable conduct obtain justice and adequate compensation, all without upfront payments.
Legal disputes can have enormous financial and emotional challenges for all parties involved. Swedish startup Eperoto was founded in 2020 and has developed an easy-to-use software tool to help those in legal disputes to attain a structured analysis of the potential courses of action.
This enables users to make rational and informed decisions whether in a local court or international arbitration case.
The company has raised $351.6K in funding over three rounds, with a pre-seed round in 2021.
Law firms typically work on hundreds of documents per case, which are nothing short of unwieldy and time-consuming. DeepJudge AG is a spin-off of ETH Zurich focusing on the contextual understanding and processing of legal documents.
Its technology combines Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing to create more comprehensive documents. For example, it automatically highlights crucial information in documents, referencing with relevant external data such as legal codes, court rulings, commercial registries, encyclopaedias, etc.
It can also be used to anonymise documents by having AI recognise and highlight sensitive terms. Following revision by a lawyer/legal professional, the terms can be adjusted or directly blacked out.
There are also additional capacities such as search functions, template generation, and document comparison.
Uncover (The Netherlands)
Dutch startup Uncover has developed software to help litigation lawyers through every step of court preparation. According to Uncover co-founder, Caroline Korteweg,
“Today, lawyers spend roughly 30-40% of their time ploughing their way through documents focusing on factual information, trying to make sense of the case file and drafting advice based on those facts. It is fundamental but inefficient and time-consuming work, resulting in lawyers longing for more hours to do the legal work they were trained for, while clients demand more efficiency.”
Leveraging AI, Uncover software can readily process large amounts of documentation and, for example, accurately identify relevant events to generate a timeline, which is often a foundation for building a solid legal case.
Navigating consumer law is not easy when you’re up against wealthy corporations. Berlin-based Conny was founded in 2016 and has built a tech platform that makes consumer legal claims.
Whether you’re fighting a rent increase, bond return, or unlawful termination at work, Conny strives to make the process as easy and fast as ordering a pizza. Its software checks possible claims and the chances of success free of charge in the shortest possible time, and it usually only costs you if you win your case. The company raised an undisclosed Series A in 2019.