Codebase and Barclays bring initiative to Scotland to encourage collaborations between law firms and startups

Codebase is bringing its LawTech Bridge programme in partnership with Barclays Ventures to Scotland with a launch event in Edinburgh later this month in an attempt to bring law firms and startups together.

Steven Drost, CodeBase, Patricia McClay, Barclays and Martin Boyle, CodeBase - photo by Max Ragni

The initiative has already seen considerable success in London, with a series of collaborations secured between law firms and startups in the UK capital.

The first Scotland meetup takes place at CodeBase in Edinburgh on Wednesday 27th November with keynote speaker Charlotta Cederqvist, head of business development at the Law Society for Scotland, who joins a panel featuring a number of leading figures from Scotland’s startup and legal sectors including Miso.Legal CEO Pete Milligan, Rachel Coleman from Pinsent Masons and Amiqus CEO Callum Murray, whose legal tech startup last week announced a deal with one of Scotland’s leading law firms, Anderson Strathern.

Steven Drost, CodeBase’s chief strategy officer and LawTech Bridge lead, said: “LawTech Bridge breaks down the barriers between law firms and startups and provides a forum to discuss the technological advances and innovation that are needed to future proof law and Scotland’s economy.

“Meetups are in the DNA of the startup community and we’re now bringing this approach and startup thinking to the legal sector. We have already seen it start to pay dividends and we’re excited to bring the initiative to Scotland in partnership with Barclays Ventures.

“Over and above the opportunity for startups and legal firms to meet and network, the education piece is an important part of LawTech Bridge and we teach what we describe as a playbook around areas like product development, partnership models and culture - areas that we know need to be broached if startups and legal firms are to get the most out of collaboration.”

Chris Grant, LawTech director at Barclays Ventures, said: “We’ve already had some incredible speakers as LawTech Bridge has gone from strength to strength in London and we’re excited to now bring the initiative to Edinburgh. Overall, we can see that we are starting to build a community among lawyers and startups and helping to deliver real outcomes for both.”

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