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The LawtechUK programme is to launch a second phase following a further £4 million government investment to support technology to boost digital transformation within in the legal sector.
LawtechUK is a government-backed initiative, launched in 2019 to support digitalisation within the UK legal sector through resources, programmes and courses that promote new ways of delivering and accessing services.
The additional £4 million investment, double the original government backing for the scheme, aims to help create jobs and boost access to legal services through new technology, such as machine learning and data analytics tools.
Justice Minister Lord Bellamy QC said:
“A thriving lawtech sector will help ensure the UK continues as a world-leading legal services centre and attracts the very best talent.
“This investment will support the market to develop the technology it needs to drive modernisation and deliver first-class legal services.”
The LawtechUK programme has been delivered by growth platform Tech Nation in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and the LawtechUK Panel, a board of industry experts.
Director of LawtechUK Alexandra Lennox said:
“Technology has the potential to transform business’ and peoples’ experience of law, meet unmet legal needs and support professionals to deliver the next generation of legal services.
“We have seen great progress towards this future since LawtechUK’s inception and this next phase of funding will build on those important foundations, helping cement the UK’s position as a global hub for technology and law.”
In addition to supporting digital transformation within the legal sector, the investment in LawtechUK will also support its Jurisdiction Taskforce to ensure English law keeps pace with rapid technological changes throughout society.