Nesta, in conjunction with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), launched its Legal Access Challenge. The £250,000 challenge is looking for innovative legal solutions that will help individuals and SMEs better to understand and resolve their legal problems.
The challenge is calling for legal tech startups, law firms, alternative legal providers, advice organisations and law schools to develop ambitious direct-to-user products, services and platforms.
The technologies used could include guided pathways, expert systems, chatbots, automated document assembly, natural language processing, machine learning and online dispute resolution platforms. This is an open call though, and we welcome new ideas beyond what is currently available in the market.
Bringing user-facing solutions to the legal services market is a medium to long term game – nobody is expecting any quick fixes here, this is about ideating, or picking up fledgling existing ideas, and then accelerate progress in 2019/20. Nesta and the SRA want to work with a wider coalition of experts and organisations to create longer term change in the market.
Interested? you can apply for the challenge on the website linked above until 11 August 2019. Alternatively, you can simply follow the progression of the challenge by registering for that.
I have joined the Slack community of the challenge, and am participating in their #meetandgreet forum there where you can find potential collaborators to get an idea off the ground in order potentially successfully to apply for a slice of the funding. Find me there?