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


Legal Business: Legal AI and Data Technology


A £20m government fund for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and data analysis in law, accounting and insurance is being welcomed as a positive step for what is ‘under-funded and under-thought’ research and development (R&D) in the legal tech space. Earlier this month, the government launched the fund as part of a wider drive


Above The Law: Firm Becomes Tech Incubator


Increasingly, innovative legal technology is emerging from an incongruous breeding ground — large law firms. And the firms that are incubating these companies are most likely to be found not in the U.S., but in the U.K. Three of these incubators have been in the news lately, as they have announced their second startup cohorts,


Legal Business: Second MDR LAB Cohort


Mishcon de Reya has announced the second cohort of companies joining the firm’s incubation programme in London in the latest of a string of moves in the legal tech space. The five new companies range from concept-stage to revenue generating, and will join the firm’s technology incubator programme over a 10-week period from today (8 May).