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Australia’s LawTech Hub focuses on AI for 2024 – applications now open

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13 December 2023

The LawTech Hub by Lander & Rogers focuses on AI as it opens applications for 2024 program

• Legal tech startups from across Australia and Silicon Valley are celebrated after completing the 2023 program
• Seventh legal tech accelerator program will focus on artificial intelligence (AI), with applications open from 15 December 2023

“With the support of Lander & Rogers we went from having some nicely designed screens to having launched our fully functional first version of Deeligence that is already in use at major Australian law firms.” – Justin Hansky and Elena Tsalanidis, co-founders of Deeligence and graduates of the 2023 LawTech Hub

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Five legal tech startups spent the last six months working alongside lawyers and technologists at Australia’s largest independent law firm building, refining and developing a host of unique platforms aimed at transforming the legal industry. Selected for their unique ideas and the ability to execute on them or further develop them, the cohort hailed from around Australia, with one team joining from Silicon Valley in the United States:

  • Deeligence, based in Melbourne, designed, built, and launched a platform that streamlines the delivery of due diligence through automated processes and modern workflow tools. The tool is now in use at major Australian law firms.
  • Disclosure Ready, a new platform from Legal Ready — the team behind eBrief Ready, used by 70% of Australia’s top 50 commercial law firms — is headquartered in Melbourne and redefines disclosure management for family law firms by harnessing the capabilities of AI to automate and systemise document collection, categorisation and disclosure.
  • Halisok, from Brisbane, uses AI and machine learning to extract key data locked in emails, PDFs and Word documents. Over the course of the 2023 LawTech Hub program, the team built a first-of-its-kind document identification and extraction tool that is already returning thousands of administrative hours in dividing and categorising large and complex document sets.
  • My Life Capsule, out of Melbourne, provides ultra-secure data storage. The privacy- and security-by-design software company uses state-of-the-art, award-winning digital security systems for personal and enterprise storage.
  • Oddr, located in Silicon Valley, is a purpose-built platform for law firms that provides a single-glass-pane view for the invoice lifecycle, allowing firms to reduce days sales outstanding (DSO) and write-offs by reinventing billing, smart collections, and integrated payments.

Launched in 2019, the LawTech Hub by Lander & Rogers is a first for Australia, uniting lawyers and entrepreneurs in a common mission to create and implement transformative legal technology.

Alongside the 2023 LawTech Hub, Lander & Rogers successfully ran the nation’s first AI clinical program in partnership with leading research institution, Monash University. Carrying on from that program, the firm is launching a new AI Lab in 2024, recognising the revolutionary power of AI in the law.

Aligning with its strategic commitment to explore, develop and implement AI, the 2024 LawTech Hub will run in parallel to the AI Lab, and will focus on solutions that incorporate AI.

Startups and scaleups that are solving legal-world problems with AI are invited to apply for the 2024 program.

 

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Lander & Rogers’ chief executive partner, Genevieve Collins said, “I’m excited about the opportunities that will be created through the seventh edition of our LawTech Hub focusing on artificial intelligence, and the simultaneous launch of our new AI Lab and firmwide AI program. As we look forward to welcoming our new cohort of AI-powered startups and together exploring what is possible, I am confident our clients will continue to experience the very best in legal service and the very latest in legal technology.”

Over the course of the six-month, equity-free annual program, startups will refine their problem statements and proofs of concept, pilot their technology, meet VCs and experts from other funding avenues, and fast-track their business skills through masterclasses. The program ends with a competitive legal tech pitch night.

Upon completion of the LawTech Hub program, participants are embraced as alumni and have an open invitation to propose new ideas and products to the firm. Alumni are also tapped to mentor incoming LawTech Hub participants.

Since its inception the LawTech Hub has graduated over 25 startups, 96% of which are still trading. Many of the world’s leading legal techs are counted as alumni of the program including legal automation and chatbot startup Josef; secure end-to-end drafting and negotiating AI platform, DraftWise; cloud-optimised data synchronisation platform, Syncly; and risk management software, 6clicks.

Lander & Rogers has embedded several LawTech Hub alumni solutions into its own tech stack, enhancing the firm’s client service delivery. Projects that have emerged from the LawTech Hub have also revolutionised the way that global law firms and large corporations do business as they grow and are adapted globally.

Lander & Rogers’ head of partnerships and director of the LawTech Hub, Courtney Blackman said, “It’s fantastic to mark another year in legal technology through the LawTech Hub and I’m very excited that the 2024 cohort will be focused on the intersection of law and artificial intelligence. There is quite a lot happening in the legal-tech-meets-AI space and it will be incredible to work with some of the brilliant minds that are driving the industry forward.”

Known throughout the APAC region for its commitment to innovation, Lander & Rogers has won, been named a finalist, and listed for dozens of awards including the Thought Leadership Award; Best Law Firm; Excellence in Technology & Innovation Award; Most Innovative Asia-Pacific Headquartered Law Firm; Innovation Award; Innovator of the Year and Most Innovative Law Firms.

The LawTech Hub is accepting applications to join its seventh intake from Friday, 15 December 2023 at lawtechhub.com.au

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