MDR LAB alumni PING raise $13m in Series A round


MDR LAB Alumni PING have raised $13.2m Series A funding. Discussing Mishcon’s involvement with the start-up Chief Strategy Officer Nick West says, “We’ve partnered with Ping since our MDR LAB programme in 2017 and it has been a delight to help them reimagine how timekeeping is done. Ping transforms how lawyers work.” Read the full release here. Further


MDR LAB alumni Thirdfort raises £700k seed round


MDR LAB 2018 company Thirdfort has raised a seed round of £700,000 led by Mishcon de Reya and a personal investment from Chris Marks, CEO of NatWest Markets, with support from all existing investors including Alex Chesterman and Lawyer Checker. It brings the company’s total investment raised to £1.3 million and will be used to accelerate product


MDR LAB Demo Day


On Wednesday 10 July MDR LAB held Demo Day, the culmination of our 10 week programme where the start-ups presented their products to the firm. Chief Strategy Officer Nick West provided an introduction and LAB alumni Olly Thornton-Berry, Co-Founder of Thirdfort, spoke about his past year after completing the LAB in 2018, saying ‘a dog


Mishcon de Reya announces MDR LAB 2019 cohort


Today Mishcon de Reya announced the start of MDR LAB 2019, welcoming the third cohort in its legaltech incubator programme to the firm. Six early stage companies, ranging from concept through to early revenue-stage, have joined the 10-week programme to work alongside Mishcon de Reya lawyers and other business experts from inside and outside of


MDR LAB applications now open


Mishcon de Reya has today opened applications for MDR LAB 2019. This is the third year that the programme for early stage and growth technology start-ups in the legal space will run. Applications are welcome from companies at concept through to revenue-generating stage, as long as the product or service is applicable to the legal


Above The Law: Automating Billable Hours


How about a sincere “thank you” to our emerging robot helpers, and badass companies like Ping (and its CEO Ryan Alshak) who are training them to make your lawyerly lives better. Having co-authored the alt.legal column for the past four years, I’ve heard a lot of robot-bashing from Biglaw, and I’m fed up.  First, enough with the “they’re


Polo shirts and geeks: Inside Mishcon’s tech incubator


“We want to be at the forefront of law firm tech innovation,” says Mishcon’s chief technology officer Nick West. In a bright, crowded meeting room on the first floor of Mishcon de Reya’s Africa House building, chief technology officer Nick West walks onstage. All around, the audience have taken their seats and the sound of people


Todays Conveyancer: MDR LAB, A Real Business Insight


Tuesday evening saw the culmination of ten weeks hard work as five start-ups presented at the MDR LAB demo day. The MDR LAB provides legal tech start-ups with real business insight giving them the opportunity to develop, refine and test their innovative products and services in a real live legal environment. The start-ups have hailed


9 Ways For Corporates To Benefit From Working With Startups


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There are only two options for corporates today, argues Gary Stewart. “We have to disrupt or we will be disrupted,” says the director of Wayra UK, the accelerator of global telecoms company Telefónica. Like many corporates founded in a different era, Telefónica’s competitors are no longer other telecom companies but small technology companies or startups. If


Above The Law: Nick West


On this 4th of July week, we Americans celebrate our independence from the UK. But, as lawyers who love innovation, we should also take a moment to admire our innovative legal brethren across the pond — who seeded our common law, after all. While we come from the same legal roots, today the UK legal market