07 Sep 2022

Australian legaltech Lawcadia announces UK expansion with London opening

Firm has also partnered with legal ops consultancy LEx360 to develop a new in-house metrics platform

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Australian legaltech company Lawcadia is planning to launch in the UK as part of its global growth plans.

The UK expansion is being led by Lawcadia’s chief operating officer Eryn Bowles, who will manage the firm’s UK and Europe, Middle East and Africa operations from London. At the same time, the firm is partnering with UK legal operations consultancy LEx360 to launch a new product – The GC’s Ultimate Dashboard – which provides reportable metrics for general counsel to demonstrate the legal function’s value to business leaders. 

Warwick Walsh, CEO of Lawcadia, said: “Having an on-the-ground presence in the UK is something we have dreamed about for a number of years, and now that we are on-boarding and supporting more clients and partners here, this is a key focus area for us.”

He added: “We want to push the boundaries of what is possible for legal operations and in-house legal departments, and that is what working with LEx360 brings.”

LEx360 founder Mo Zain Ajaz has joined Lawcadia as a formal advisor to support its growth plans in the UK and any potential future opportunities in Europe and the Middle East.

Ajaz said: “Partnering with Lawcadia was important as its end-to-end legal operations platform is ideally suited to provide an accessible, scalable and configurable solution that corporate legal departments can readily implement.”

Lawcadia’s broader legal ops platform helps in-house teams and law firms streamline operations and better manage workflows. It was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Brisbane. In addition to its new London office, it also has operations in Manila. 

Last month, the UK government said it was investing a further £4m to boost digital transformation in the legal industry through the second phase of the Lawtech UK programme, a collaboration between the Ministry of Justice, Tech Nation and the Lawtech UK panel. The funds will be used to improve resources, programmes and courses that promote new ways of delivering and accessing legal services.

An external impact report published by Frontier Economics in May said the Lawtech UK initiative had created a sense of urgency around tech adoption in the legal sector.

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