Rocket Lawyer moves into the Continent

By Victoria Basham

07 September 2016 at 10:31 BST

The US-based online legal document provider is moving into mainland Europe after signing up over 200,000 people in the UK for its services.

Anton Balazh

As well as providing legal documents, the service connects clients with vetted lawyers in their jurisdiction and claims to fill the gap between clients eligible for state funding and those rich enough to afford legal representation. UK users have created more than one million legal documents since the service launched there in 2012, with over 100 UK lawyers taking over when legal problems become too complex to handle online. 

Joint venture

While the UK arm has looked to its US parent for funding, Rocket Lawyer has teamed up with European legal publishing company Editions Lefebvre Sarrut for a joint venture that will see it launch in France this autumn before spreading to Spain and the Netherlands. Investors in the business include Google Ventures, Morgan Stanley Ventures and Swiss bank Salfort Privatbank.

Online review

Legal documents will be provided through a platform that requires users answer questions to create forms which can then be reviewed by lawyers and signed electronically. Lawyers from local jurisdictions will also be recruited to provide legal advice to clients that request it.  

Source: Law Society Gazette


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