Tech Nation to support growth of UK Lawtech with £2m funding

Funding | Legal | South East | Technology

Tech Nation will embrace the opportunities of lawtech, drive innovation and help the sector grow. An ambitious vision and series of projects will be delivered through a three-year programme.

The funding was allocated following the government’s announcement earlier this year of just over £2m for UK lawtech to support the development and use of technology in the legal sector.

This could include encouraging investment and innovation, ensuring understanding, awareness and use of lawtech, exploring ethics and regulation around technology in the legal sector, enhancing the competitiveness of the UK as a global commercial dispute resolution centre and promoting the use of English law and UK jurisdiction as a foundation for LawTech globally.

Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland QC MP, said: “This funding will help support the development and use of UK lawtech, boost wider economic growth and pave the way for a technological revolution in the UK legal sector. Tech Nation has an impressive track record in both fintech and insurtech and I’m delighted they will be taking forward this initiative.”

Tech Nation will be responsible for driving forward and building on the work of the Lawtech Delivery Panel, an industry-led body designed to promote and champion the use of technology in the UK’s legal sector. It will work closely with the legal and tech sectors.

Tech Nation CEO, Gerard Grech said: “The legal services sector is a major contributor to the UK economy, contributing around £25bn annually. Emerging technologies are transforming legal services, while investment in UK lawtech has tripled in the last year alone.

“We look forward to working with the LawTech Delivery Panel’s distinguished members, tech entrepreneurs, the Ministry of Justice and the wider ecosystem to grow this sector.”

The UK is the second-largest legal services market in the world, worth around £25bn to the economy with more than 300,000 people employed in the sector, and a world-class global legal centre.

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