AGENTS OF CHANGE
Start-ups revolutionising the chaotic legal sector with help of technology
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
“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.
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.”
“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.
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.
“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.
“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 firm reaches out to 1.2 lakh readers every month and generates approximately 8.5 lakh page views today.
“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.
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.