Tech start-ups and law firms in sum­mit first

Yorkshire Post - Business - - NEWS / BUSINESS -

The first le­gal tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence for the north of Eng­land launched in Sh­effield last week, putting the city on the map for tech start-ups and in­no­va­tive law firms.

The sold out event – Le­gal Tech­nol­ogy North – at­tracted top in­dus­try speak­ers as well as del­e­gates from all over the coun­try.

Con­fer­ence co-or­gan­iser Matt Pen­ning­ton of Sh­effield tech firm QuoteX­press, said: “The aim was to get tech ex­perts to­gether with lawyers to gen­er­ate new ideas to im­prove both the ser­vices law firms of­fer and ac­cess to those ser­vices.

“Tech­nol­ogy can do so much to bring le­gal ad­vice to peo­ple who would never nor­mally con­sider ap­proach­ing a lawyer for help.

“The hands-on work­shops had an in­cred­i­ble amount of en­ergy and some of the ideas they pro­duced have real po­ten­tial to be de­vel­oped fur­ther.” Kol­lider, the Sh­effield-based in­no­va­tion plat­form, co-hosted the con­fer­ence and will be pro­vid­ing par­tic­i­pants with the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their ideas fur­ther at their city cen­tre in­cu­ba­tion pro­ject.

Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pant, Cal­lum Mur­ray, of tech firm Amiqus ID, said the event was a real suc­cess.

“There was an ex­cel­lent mix­ture of con­tent and great op­por­tu­ni­ties to get to­gether with in­ter­est­ing peo­ple from many dif­fer­ent sec­tors.

“We’ve had some re­ally valu­able dis­cus­sions and it’s great that this kind of event hap­pened in the North of Eng­land, not in Lon­don.”

Har­vey Hard­ing, in­set, of Sh­effield law firm PM Prop­erty Lawyers and con­fer­ence co-or­gan­iser, added, “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to an even big­ger event in 2019.”

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