Dutch Legal Tech partners with Wolters Kluwer , Clifford Chance, Kennedy van der Laan and Global Legal Blockchain Consortium on Legal Tech Meetup: Blockchain in legal practice.
In the weekend of 22-24 february, six teams travelled to Amsterdam for the Global Legal Hackathon. Participants came from the Netherlands, Belgium, Lithunia and even India. Guided by a jury of experts from all areas of the legal industry, they each put in 52 hours of serious work to develop an innovative tech product for the legal market. We are very grateful to the teams:
- Team Mr. Franklin
- Team ‘t is van da
- Team Hyarchis
- Team Huddle Up
- Team Nintec
- Team A bit Legal
From February 22 to February 24, legal innovators around the globe will be hacking, tinkering, developing and scheming to come up with next generation Legal Tech tools. Dutch Legal Tech is collaborating with Wolters Kluwer to organize an event in Amsterdam, where enthousiasts from the Netherlands and Belgium are welcomed. Our goal is to have lots of fun, meet interesting people, and to make sure that at least one Amsterdam team will make it to the global finals in march.
If you have great skills, want to share your ideas on improving legal services, thrive on little sleep, and are up for adventure, please join us! More information can be found here:
See you in 2019!
June 5 juni 2018 – PLEIT2018 was the stage for the thrilling finals of the Legal Tech startup awards. The Austrian startup LeReTo was the winner of the coveted award. LeReTo offers a legal research tool that automates legal research, thereby saving legal professionals time and money.
Images of the semi-finals can be found here. All images by Marco Pauws.
May 24 2018 – After an exciting round of semi-finals at the Council of State (Raad van State) in the Hague, three startups were selected for the finals. These tech startups will battle for the Legal Tech Startup Award during PLEIT2018, on the 5th of june.
The organisation of Legal Tech Startup Awards 2018 has announced the startups for the semi-final today. On 24 May 2018, in the office of the Council of State (Raad van State) in the Hague, eight semi-finalists shall battle for a coveted place in the final.
The Legal Tech Startup Awards 2018 is a competition for technological startups with potential for the legal sector. From a total of 22 entries from home and abroad, eight technological startups were selected, because of their focus on the legal sector, the degree of innovation, the impact on legal work processes and the entrepreneurial skills of the founders.
Each year, Legal Tech Startup Awards searches for starters of technologies which are valuable for the legal sector. In the last few months, 22 technological starters have contacted the organisation. After a critical assessment made by the expert jury, the following startups have been selected for the big day on 24 May 2018: Skotty (NL), Predictice (FR), Schadewacht (NL), Rechtsontwikkeling (NL), Contract Mill (FIN), Blockschainstichting (NL), IAM4 (NL) and LeReTo KG (AT). The organisers have been surprised by the diversity of the applications and also by the international character of the entries. They are confident that tools and techniques will be presented which change something fundamentally in the work process of a legal professional.
Council of State venue for semi-final
The semi-final takes place on Thursday 24 May 2018 in the Hague. The Ballroom of the Council of State (Raad van State) at Palace Kneuterdijk is the location where the selected innovative startups will make their pitches. Quintin Schevernels – eminent speaker on the subject of innovation and growth – shall provide a stimulating framework to this afternoon. Who ultimately goes through to the final during PLEIT2018 on Tuesday 5 June 2018 will be determined by the experienced expert jury and the public; selectively invited from within the legal domain.
The jury consists of Bart Jan Ettekoven (Council of State), Hans Albers (Juniper Networks), Ruben Alderse Baas (AB Advocaat, NOvA) and the organisers themselves: Claudia Heemskerk (Event Manager PLEIT), Hendri van Norden (Partner Lexxyn Groep), Rens Rozekrans (Partner Risk & Regulatory KPMG), Jelle van Veenen (initiator Dutch Legal Tech), Jeroen Zweers (Innovation Director Kennedy Van der Laan | Sync), Richard Faas (Director of Innovation & head of the Legal Tech Studio ARAG) and Peter Backx (Segment Director Legal & Tax Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory Nederland). Experts who have a successful track record in the legal sector.
Anouncing Legal Tech Map
We proudly present the first version of the Legal Tech Map for the Netherlands. This overview was created in collaboration with subject matter experts and market players. We focus on Dutch initiatives and/or players active in the Dutch legal market.
An analysis by LegalPioneer shows 70 new startups since 2010, with a total received investment of € 6.36 million. 36 new initiatives started in the last 3 years. Amsterdam appears to be the preferred city, with a total of 33 Legal Tech startups. Utrecht has 11 initiatives, and The Hague 6. The cumulative investments received by startups in Amsterdam totals around € 2 million.*
The overview shows that most players are active in the areas of Online Legal Services and Document Assembly. Research & Analysis, IP/Trademark services, and LegalTech consultancy contain few initiatives so far.
The Legal Tech Map was created by Wolters Kluwer, Dutch Legal Tech en LegalPioneer. Responses to our LinkedIn messages, which received over 15.000 views, indicated that there is keen interest in an up to date overview. Many thanks for all feedback and suggestions that we received so far!
Dutch LegalTech, LegalPioneer, and Wolters Kluwer will regularly update the overview and publish at www.legaltechmap.nl, so that a current overview is available to the market. We welcome future additions!
*Disclaimer: above numbers are based on available public data sources. Actual numbers may differ.
The Legal Tech Startup Awards 2018 is a competition for technological startups with potential for the legal sector. The organisation brings these startups and the market together and ensures that they speak each other’s language. Linking products and ideas to concrete issues leads to innovative solutions that make a real difference. The competition opens on 14 February 2018.
‘We at Dutch Legal Tech noticed that a lot of young entrepreneurs were turning to law firms for assistance with what we saw as promising ideas. Unfortunately, they were invariably being turned away. Too risky! And that’s a pity, as our sector could certainly do with some innovation’, says Jelle van Veenen (Dutch Legal Tech) about the creation of the Legal Tech Startup Awards. ‘With these Awards we’re encouraging startups to introduce technology that law firms perceive as being truly relevant. But you have to make sure that they have a meeting of minds.’
Seal of approval
The Legal Tech Startup Awards gives promising startups a ‘seal of approval’. Jeroen Zweers (Innovation Director at Kennedy Van der Laan): ‘This sends out a signal to law firms to keep an open mind. To invite the startup to a meeting to talk about where technology can meet a need.’
Assessment in practice
The legal sector has much to gain by opening the door to promising legal tech startups. They are able to breathe new life into the sector and guarantee their right to exist. This can only be done if the products make real improvements to the approach or the service. The best way of doing this is to test it in practice. Richard Faas (Director of Innovation & head of the Legal Tech Studio ARAG Netherlands): ‘We see that young companies like to work with large, well-known organisations to sell their product or develop a proof of concept. At the same time, it often proves difficult to quickly enter into a partnership. We’ve developed programs at our studio that make it possible to quickly establish whether we can generate value for our clients together.’
Organised by a team of specialists
The competition is being organised by Claudia Heemskerk (Event Manager PLEIT), Hendri van Norden (Partner Lexxyn Groep), Rens Rozekrans (Partner Risk & Regulatory KPMG), Jelle van Veenen (initiatior of Dutch Legal Tech), Jeroen Zweers (Innovation Director at Kennedy van der Laan), Richard Faas (Director of Innovation & head of the Legal Tech Studio Arag) and Peter Backx (Segment Director Tax Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory Netherlands). All of them are experts with a successful track record in the legal sector. Peter Backx (Wolters Kluwer): ‘The Legal Tech Startup Awards competition is being organised by a group of critical experts with very different ways of looking at the business. It is these different angles that are so valuable for a startup. Whereas the one judges on efficiency, the other is more interested in the degree of innovation.
PLEIT: podium for pitches
PLEIT, the biggest IT event for the legal sector in the Netherlands, will be giving the selected startups the opportunity to pitch their ideas on 5 June 2018. More than 500 visitors from the sector will judge the ideas according to their needs. ‘Startups have big ideas. PLEIT offers them a podium and pointers that they can use to inspire the legal sector and take the next step’, says Claudia Heemskerk (PLEIT).
The Legal Tech Startup Awards 2018 invites startups to sign up and register via: www.legaltechstartupawards.nl.
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