The national Legal Startup Europe Awards 2017 were presented yesterday at the European Parliament. The awards recognize innovation in the legal field, to Carcrash, Courtsdesk and SpecPrawnik.
The event took place within the framework of the XXI General Assembly of the Balms Group, the international network of independent Spanish-English lawyers, which took place in Brussels from 2 to 5 May. The event was organized by BGI Belgium and Legisquadra and attended by over 100 lawyers from 35 countries.
The Legal Startup Europe Awards, is one of the 18 awards presented by the StartUp Europe Awards programme. This is an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions and the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee. StartUp Europe Finnova Accelerator also supports this initiative.
Legal Tech is a sector that is in constant development and growth, there are more and more investors that want to exploit this sector. It deals with legal services where the technical part joins the legal one, all developed with technology as a basis, as in the case of cloud environment, artificial intelligence to assist in mechanical tasks, etc.
Over time more applications and webpages will appear, addressed both to lawyer’s, offices to accelerate the internal management, and to final clients that will conceive the legal services in a much more efficient way, for instance: looking for a lawyer close to the client, apply for estimates in your city, personalize contracts and lodge complains online in cases of cancelled flights or problems with the telephone companies. Due to their innovative nature, this year’s winners will be:
Carcrash, a platform created in Spain that changes the traditional model of claiming rights. By providing greater speed in cases of severance pay.
Courtsdesk, an Irish breaking news service, and a research database to obtain case details at all levels of the courts in the UK and Ireland, and is expected to reach out to the world in the future.
SpecPrawnik, Polish market, for people looking for lawyers. They solve the unknow cost and how to find a lawyer in a small cities problems, giving both the customer and a lawyer chance to talk first (both online and on the phone).