AGENTS OF CHANGE

Start-ups rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the chaotic le­gal sec­tor with help of tech­nol­ogy

India Today - - START-UP SPOTLIGHT - BY ADETE DAHIYA

AADVO, DELHI Founders

Vivek Nani, 24; Vishesh Dora, 25

What is it?

The le­gal ecosys­tem, Aadvo, sim­pli­fies the chaotic process of man­ag­ing le­gal trans­ac­tions into a sin­gle tool. Launched in De­cem­ber 2016 and founded by Vishesh Dora and Vivek Nani, Aadvo acts as an ad­vo­cate’s on­line of­fice by ful­fill­ing all needs from com­mu­ni­ca­tion to main­tain­ing files and, track­ing billing ac­tions and re­ceiv­ables. The plat­form works on an al­go­rithm ba­sis which con­nects clients to the most suit­able lawyer ac­cord­ing to their needs. “Aadvo lets lawyer-client re­la­tion­ship be ef­fec­tive, ef­fi­cient and trans­par­ent through a shared space be­tween the two,” says Vishesh Dora, co-founder.

The growth

Ac­cord­ing to Dora, “The le­gal in­dus­try seems clean but is dis­or­gan­ised for an out­sider. The real growth will be when we can pro­vide peo­ple with more ref­er­ences and le­git­i­mate op­tions.”

The chal­lenge

With ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing at the click of a but­ton, the le­gal in­dus­try is not far from be­ing rev­o­lu­tionised. “The only chal­lenge is how fast will peo­ple be able to adapt to new tech­nol­ogy,” says Dora.

The fu­ture

“Our first tar­get is to be a part of ev­ery lawyer’s of­fice in the coun­try. We also aim at mak­ing cit­i­zens more aware legally,” he adds.

LAWRATO, DELHI Founders

Ro­han Ma­ha­jan, 36; Nikhil Sarup, 40

What is it?

A peo­ple-friendly dig­i­tal plat­form, LawRato of­fers free pri­vate con­sul­ta­tions with ver­i­fied and cred­i­ble le­gal ex­perts. This one-of-its-kind mar­ket­place was started in 2014 to sim­plify the process of find­ing a lawyer with­out hav­ing to run to courts. “LawRato works for both lawyers and for peo­ple seek­ing ad­vice. While it lets le­gal ex­perts build their cred­i­bil­ity on­line, it pro­vides cit­i­zens with free and fast so­lu­tions for com­plex le­gal is­sues. Screen­ing lawyers and ver­i­fy­ing user rat­ings is our plat­form’s USP,” says Nikhil Sarup, one of the founders.

The growth

“LawRato has wit­nessed over 22 per cent month-over-month growth across users, queries, and or­ders. With 1.5 lakh page views, we help over 8,000 users get spe­cific le­gal ad­vice,” says Sarup.

The chal­lenge

Ac­cord­ing to him, “Ab­sence of con­sumer aware­ness hand­i­caps us. Most peo­ple do not want to re­search for their spe­cific needs and end up re­ly­ing on ref­er­ences.”

The fu­ture

“We aim to launch low-cost pack­ages for com­mon le­gal re­quire­ments,” says Sarup.

VAKILSEARCH, CHENNAI Founder

Hr­ishikesh Datar, 28

What is it?

A boon for small-scale busi­nesses, Vakilsearch of­fers le­gal and pro­fes­sional ser­vices to start-ups in Chennai, Ban­ga­lore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai. Pri­mar­ily a tech­nol­ogy com­pany, it man­ages clients’ in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty, pro­vides com­pli­ance ser­vices, man­ages their ac­counts and pre­pares con­tracts and agree­ments. The start-up was founded by Na­tional Law School, Ban­ga­lore, prodigy Hr­ishikesh Datar five years ago and claims to pro­vide ser­vices that are priced 40 per cent to 70 per cent less than a local off­line lawyer. Vakilsearch has al­ready worked with some well-known start-ups that in­clude Taxi For Sure, Gro­fers, Chaayos, Hous­ing and Big Bas­ket.

The growth

From a small of­fice in Chennai with three peo­ple, Vakilsearch has grown to a team of 200 peo­ple, pro­vid­ing ser­vices to around 25,000 clients ev­ery year.

The chal­lenge

“We faced prob­lem in fig­ur­ing out what ex­actly will peo­ple be ready to pay for on­line. Find­ing and de­vel­op­ing the right tech­nol­ogy to en­sure smooth run­ning of op­er­a­tions was also a dif­fi­cult task ini­tially,” says Datar.

The fu­ture

“We aim to sim­plify le­gal as­pects of any in­dus­try dig­i­tally,” he says.

LAWCTOPUS, DELHI Founder

Tanuj Kalia, 26

What is it?

Lawctopus is the go-to web­site for ca­reer re­lated queries for law stu­dents in In­dia. Ini­tially started by five col­lege stu­dents, Tanuj Kalia, Prateek Bhan­dari, Dhruv Mairal, De­ban­shu Khet­try, and Na­man Gupta in Septem­ber, 2010, the start-up lists in­tern­ship ex­pe­ri­ences un­der NGOS, District Court lawyers, Supreme Court lawyers, law firms, and banks. It also charts events like moot-court ses­sions, es­say com­pe­ti­tions, sem­i­nars, and con­fer­ences for as­pir­ing law stu­dents. “Lawctopus was de­vel­oped to pro­vide stu­dents with an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove their skill sets with prac­ti­cal knowl­ege,” says Kalia.

The growth

The firm reaches out to 1.2 lakh read­ers ev­ery month and gen­er­ates ap­prox­i­mately 8.5 lakh page views to­day.

The chal­lenge

“Apart from the ini­tial fund­ing hic­cup, we faced tech­no­log­i­cal chal­lenges be­cause of too many at­trac­tive ideas and the zest to use all of them,” he says.

The fu­ture

Kalia ex­plains that they have aced the con­tent as­pect of the web­site and now aim at en­ter­ing the re­cruit­ment and blog­ging in­dus­tries in next six months.

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