I am very excited that LegalTech has a new driver in our region. Bristol Law Society, UWE and Kingsmead Square, supported by WECA and a number of law firms, recently founded Bristol+Bath LegalTech. There will be no big event to launch it just now, but a series of initial informal MeetUps in order to find out what the regional legal and tech communities’ hopes, interests, wishes and expectations are when it comes to LegalTech. I am co-chair of BBLT, together with Chris Bull of Kingsmead Square. We work closely with the current president of the Bristol Law Society, Nick Lee of Paragon Costs Solutions.
The idea is to develop a local community of legal technology practice. Bristol and Bath form an innovation cluster boasting a strong tech sector as well as one of the largest legal centres outside London. One would expect this to have led by now to a thriving LegalTech hub following in London’s footsteps, but this has not (yet) happened. On of the reasons for this could be the focus of the region’s tech sector on the creative industry, another strong performer in the region. BBLT is hoping to change this by creating a diverse, collaborative and inspiring platform for lawyers, computer scientists and creative technologists to come together.
At BBLT’s first meet up, people will be able to meet across the sectors, and to think about the themes that BBLT should pursue. We are pretty sure these will include: events; L&D; R&D; access to justice and policy. But what do these mean to the great range of people that could become involved in the community? And are there important aspects not sufficiently covered by these themes?
We are now in the process of publicising BBLT Meet Up #1. While I feel confident mobilising the legal community, I’d love it if the technology community would turn out in force to suss out the lawyers. Go on, you know you want to …