Lawtech

The home of English law

The UK's offer

  • The UK's legal sector employs over 338,000 people
  • Over £61 million was invested in lawtech in 2019, compared to just £2.5 million in 2016
  • The UK hosts almost half of all lawtech startups headquartered in Europe

Lawtech in the UK

The UK is host to the largest legal services market in Europe and is supported by world-renowned talent and dispute resolution facilities. The ability of English law to provide predictable and fair dispute resolution outcomes is essential to business-confidence and plays a key role in supporting the UK as an international financial centre. Legal services also provide strategic advice during many stages of a business' lifecycle, the breadth of which makes the UK an attractive place to start, run and scale a business.

Lawtech Sounding Board

The LTSB acts as the leading cross-sector forum for innovation across the UK legal services industry.  Through it, members explore the opportunities and challenges presented by technology, and drive positive change and innovation in the sector.

Find out more about the LTSB

Employing over 338,000 people, the legal sector is constantly developing new client support and innovation roles as well as alternative business structures to meet changing client needs. The UK legal sector is also using technology to provide tailored services to global businesses.

Over £61 million invested in lawtech in 2019

In 2019, over £61 million was invested in lawtech, compared to just £2.5million in 2016. Law firms are heavily invested in the sector, with some launching incubator tech hubs and others partnering with software developers to create custom products.

The Ministry of Justice has identified lawtech as a strategic opportunity to build on the UK’s competitive advantage in the legal and tech sectors. It is investing £2 million in projects for the ‘digital transformation of the UK legal sector’, which is being led by Tech Nation through LawtechUK.

There is also tremendous growth in lawtech start-ups, with the UK hosting almost half of those headquartered in the EU. The end effect is a legal services offering that is inherently more competitive because it is transparent, efficient and client centric.

This widespread development has put UK legal services at the cutting-edge of innovation. Lawtech attracts top talent in new roles such as data science and analytics, as well as knowledge management and information technology. This brings with it new perspectives and new ways of working. It also drives the advancement of infrastructure, improving productivity, resilience and security.

Lawtech enables businesses to access the advice they need to compete globally. In doing so, it builds a collaborative environment and helps the UK to be fit for the future.

48%

of global lawtech funding is invested in the UK

£62m

invested in lawtech startups in 2018

£926m

global investments in lawtech

The lawtech lifecycle

As a centre of excellence, UK law firms are using lawtech to deliver more client-oriented services, in a faster and more globally accessible manner. Watch our video series to learn how the UK’s lawtech sector supports businesses and legal services in reaching their goals.

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Innovation Ambassadors: leading change for the future of Legal

The City of London Corporation piloted a legal innovation programme, delivered in conjunction with KPMG, to drive collaboration, digital literacy, and legal innovation across the UK. 

Find out more about the programme

Further information

The Legal Geek startup map

The Legal Geek startup map

Lawtech at The Law Society

Lawtech at The Law Society

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Solicitors Regulation Authority

"London is a global leader in legal innovation: Our vibrant ecosystem of start-ups, tech companies, and forward-looking, innovative law firms are powering the global revolution in law."

Sophia Adams Bhatti (Head of Strategy and Policy), Erika Pagano (Head of Legal Innovation and Design) Simmons Wavelength

"London is hard to beat as a launchpad for legaltech startups. Built on legal traditions, there is now a concentration of people in the City actively building the future of legal services using cloud-based technologies."

Paul Massey, CEO Tabled