At present, too many individuals or small businesses with a legal problem in England and Wales struggle to get the expert advice they need.
While technology has made individual’s lives easier in areas such as financial services, transport and health, it’s made less of an impact in how people access legal services.
To help address this issue, Nesta Challenges and the Solicitors Regulation Authority are working in partnership to deliver the Legal Access Challenge.
This is a £500,000 prize to encourage innovative technology solutions that will help individuals and SMEs to better understand and resolve their legal problems.
Eight finalists have each secured £50,000 and non-financial support to develop their solutions, and in April 2020 two will be named winners, receiving a further £50,000 to invest in their products.
The Legal Access Challenge
Hear from Nesta Challenges and the Solicitors Regulation Authority about why the Legal Access Challenge was so needed and what it aims to achieve.
Listen to the podcast:Listen to "Legal Access Challenge - Nesta and SRA panel" on Spreaker.
Hear from the finalists about their Legal Access Challenge journey so far and hear them answer the all-important questions surrounding their solution.
Formily was created by two family lawyers who grew frustrated with the time consuming and complicated way in which litigants must currently put together their financial disclosure during divorce proceedings. They realised there must be a way to use technology to make this process less time consuming and costly.
Listen to the podcast:Listen to "Legal Access Challenge finalist - Formily" on Spreaker.
Glow by Duo Ventures enables individuals and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to efficiently take legal action against organisations in the form of group litigation orders, a legal mechanism allowing groups of common individual claims to be treated as one, enabling collective bargaining power and cost sharing amongst claimants.
Listen to the podcast:Listen to "Legal Access Challenge finalist - Glow by Duo Ventures" on Spreaker.
Litigation Friend by Solomonic is a platform to assist employees and SMEs who are involved in employment tribunal claims to make more informed, data-backed decisions. Solomonic will use AI to analyse thousands of previous employment tribunal judgements and package the information into the Litigation Friend platform.
Listen to the podcast:Listen to "Legal Access Challenge finalist - Litigation Friend by Solomonic" on Spreaker.
Mencap is a legal chatbot for people with learning disabilities that will deliver early legal help and advice around community care and welfare benefits, directly to people that need it most.
Listen to the podcast:Listen to "Legal Access Challenge finalist - Mencap" on Spreaker.
MyDigitalRights by Doteveryone and Resolver is an accessible one-stop-shop to help people tackle problems they face online and hold tech companies to account.
Listen to the podcast:Listen to "Legal Access Challenge finalist - MyDigitalRights by Doteveryone and Resolver" on Spreaker.
RCJ Advice enables women and children to get legal help to protect themselves from violence, gain court-orders, access legal aid and navigate court processes, as well as allowing the frontline workers who assist them to be confident using legal remedies.
Listen to the podcast:Listen to "Legal Access Challenge finalist - RCJ Advice" on Spreaker.
Resolve Disputes Online (RDO) is a dispute resolution technology provider which will be developing online negotiation and mediation tools for UK consumers and businesses to allow rapid, convenient and cost-effective online dispute resolution.
Listen to the podcast:Listen to "Legal Access Challenge finalist - Resolve Disputes Online" on Spreaker.