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Dutch Legal Tech Meetup #7: Mark A. Cohen on Legal Delivery and more

On the 9th of October, renowned international speaker Mark A. Cohen will talk about Legal Delivery, Legal Tech and Legal Education. Click on the link below to sign up:

Dutch Legal Tech Meetup #7: Mark A. Cohen on Legal Delivery and more


Dutch Legal Tech is expanding

Dutch Legal Tech is growing. We are expanding our activities with lectures and meetups for students, and the number of community members is rising rapidly. The recent Student Lecture with Daniel Martin Katz resulted in more than 40 new members, pushing the membercount past 830 Legal Innovators.


This growth means more work, of course, and we are happy to expand the team with Claudia Heemskerk. As a Project manager, Claudia will help us to organize interesting and inspiring events. Many of our readers may allready know Claudia; as an Operational Manager at  Lexxyn Groep and Event Manager at PLEIT  she has years of experience working on the latest developmants in law and ict.





Students are interested in innovation. We want to give this group a voice and a role in the Legal Tech community. This is why whe are announcing a Student-ambassador programme. Student-ambassadors will help us organise Legal Tech events, and spread enthousiasm for legal innovation amongst their peers.

The first Dutch Legal Tech Student-ambassador is Steven de la Vieter. Steven is is doing a private law master at Utrecht University, and has been following developments in tech for years. To him, Legal Tech is “a perfect combination of law and technology”. Steven has been following Dutch Legal Tech for some time, and has contributed to the upcoming Student Meetup in Utrecht.


Would you like to be a Student-ambassador? Come and see us at one of our meetups, or send us an email. We welcome students from all universities and applied universities.





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Startup Drinks – Dutch Legal Tech meets Legal Geek London

Legal Tech Startups, join us for drinks and an opportunity to meet the people of Legal Geek! 

Legal Geek is a community of legal tech startups that run events in London. This June, they will be touring Europe in a camper van to meet startups and share their stories. On the 13th of June,  Dutch Legal Tech and Legal Geek will co-host drinks in Amsterdam where you can meet Legal Geek and share startup experiences.

Please join us if you’re interested in the London Legal Tech scene, if you are thinking about expanding to the UK, or if you’re interested in meeting other startups. There will be a round of pitches, let us know if you would like to present your business.

There will also be an opportunity to be filmed pitching and the video will be shared with the Legal Geek members (4000+).

Location: WeWork, Weteringsschans 165, Amsterdam

Programme *

18:00 – 20:30

•  Introduction Legal Geek

•  Pitches

•  Meet and greet

•  Drinks & networking

* programme subject to change


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Legal Tech Student Lecture: Daniel Martin Katz on Big Data and the future of Law

Can a computer predict decisions of the court? (Yes.) And if so, will that change the way in which law affects society? Will we delegate part of legal decision-making to algorithms, and will that improve the results? Not necesarily, it seems.

On the 10th of May, Professor Daniel Martin Katz will discuss the impact of Big Data on the legal system with students and PhD’s during the first Legal Tech Lecture. Professor Katz will sketch the latest developments as well as the future of the legal field. Following this introduction, there will be a discussion moderate by Prof. Dr. Arjan van den Borne. Finally, there will be a workshop where Prof. Katz provides feedback on any projects, ideas, or urgent questions that the attendees are currently working on.

Since the implications of technology for law, the legal profession, access to justice, and society go far beyond legal aspects only, we invite students and PhD’s from all backgrounds to join us and share their perspectives.

Sign up here!

note: Students and PhD’s only! – The event will be in English. The event starts at 19:00, doors open from 18:30.

The first Legal Tech Lecture is made possible by Kennedy Van der Laan. Professor Katz is speaking at an exlusive general counsel event in honour of the firm’s 25th anniversary, and kindly agreed to spend the prior evening sharing ideas with students. Kennedy Van der Laan further provided for the Ketelhuis, an excellent location at the Westergasfabriek near the firm’s Amsterdam office.

The evening will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Arjan van den Born, scientific director of the Jheronimus Academy for Data Science. JADS is an initiave of Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology, and provides a number of data science programs at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level to educate the data scientist of the future.

About Daniel Martin Katz

Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and law professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law – to help create lawyers for today’s changing legal job market. Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Professor Katz’s forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement among the Fastcase 50, an award which “recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal’s”Legal Rebels,” a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession. (text and image: blog:


ARAG and Dutch Legal Tech join forces to promote legal innovation

Starting March 16, Legal Insurer  ARAG will support legal innovation community Dutch Legal Tech.


Legal Tech Student Meetup

On december 13, Dutch Legal Tech, Leiden University and Leiden University of Applied Sciences organise the first Legal Tech Student Meetup. The theme of the event is Entrepreneurship and innovation.

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SignRequest wins 2016 Legal Tech Startup Awards

Utrecht, October 12th 2016 – After an exciting pitch on stage of PLEIT2016, SignRequest has been chosen as the winner of Legal Tech Start-up Awards. SignRequest offers firms an online platform through which contracts can be digitally signed in a simple and safe way.

PLEIT2016 again offered a stage for the Legal Tech Startup Awards finals. The three finalists – LegalThings, Lexoo and SignRequest – got a unique opportunity on Tuesday October 11th 2016 to present themselves to the legal sector. During impressive three-minute speeches, the finalists did everything they could to convince the 650 people in the audience and the jury of their product. SignRequest came and conquered. At the end of the day they accepted the award.


Winnaar SignRequest en de jury. Foto met dank aan Dejavu Fotografie en PLEIT
Winnaar SignRequest en de jury. Foto met dank aan Dejavu Fotografie en PLEIT

Jeroen Zweers (Kennedy Van der Laan, Dutch Legal Tech) endorsed the result. He stated, ‘From all the submissions from The Netherlands and abroad these three most promising start-ups have remained after a strict selection. For all three this is an achievement in itself. To show yourself on the stage is something to be proud of. I’d like to compliment the finalists with their enthusiasm, effort and perseverance. Choosing the winner of Legal Tech Startup Award 2016 was a difficult task, both for the jury as for the participants of PLEIT. This was reflected in the spread of voting. Eventually the audience choice and aspects such as scalability and international opportunities have led to the final decision. On behalf of the jury I congratulate SignRequest.’

After receiving the award with great enthusiasm, Geert-Jan Persoon, founder of SignRequest, stated: ‘it was a terrific day and the pitch on the main stage of PLEIT was an impressive experience. We are convinced that this award will contribute to our further growth in the legal sector. Therefore we would like to thank not only the members of the jury and other people involved, but also the legal firms that have given us a chance to enter the stage. We are going home extremely proud. We can only recommend other start-ups to participate. This award opens doors to tremendous and instructive experiences.’

The added value of this award is that the audience had the opportunity to vote live on their favourite start-up after the pitches through the PLEIT2016 app. Not only the expertise of the jury, but also the actual needs of the market, played an important role in choosing the winner.

Claudia Heemskerk, (Lexxyn Groep, PLEIT and member of the jury) concludes, ‘the quality of the submissions this year was high, just like in 2015. It was an exciting and challenging task for us to select the most promising start-up as a winner. Luckily the audience voted along in masses, which is a good measure for success of the start-up in practice. Again I found it an honour to be part of the vision and combativeness of these young start-ups. It shows that there is scope for renewal within the legal sector.’


About SignRequest
SignRequest offers legal firms an online platform on which contracts can be digitally signed. It is developed to enable a safe, secure and accessible way to digitize contracts. SignRequest is a Dutch company which puts simplicity for both employee and client first.


About Dutch Legal Tech

Dutch Legal Tech is a platform that promotes innovation of legal services and ensures that the topic, with the Netherlands as one of the driving factors behind it, is put on the international map. This is done by discussing innovative services and start-ups and by actively helping them grow. In addition, they connect parties that are involved in legal innovation, including attorneys, legal counsel, legal service providers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, the government and academics.
About Legal Tech Startup Awards

Dutch Legal Tech has organised the Legal Tech Startup Awards since 2015 together with PLEIT, Kennedy Van der Laan, Wolters Kluwer, KPMG, Lexxyn Groep and ING. This annual award gives young and innovative start-ups the chance to present themselves to the legal market. The finals take place at PLEIT every year.


PLEIT is the annual knowledge day on IT in the legal practice. This event is targeted at attorneys, notaries and bailiffs, and their employees, who are seeking practical guidelines to optimise IT service provision. The programme offers information to people who are interested, users of IT and responsible for IT for IT in legal practice.


PLEIT 2016 in just over 2 minutes