Learnings from the Web Summit conference in Lisbon


This month I attended Web Summit conference in Lisbon, where 70,000 self-proclaimed ‘tech nerds’ descended upon the Altice Arena for a packed three days of key notes, startup presentations and lectures from an all-star line-up that included Sir Martin Sorrell, Margrethe Vestager of the European Commission (who recently took on Apple, Amazon and Google and


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


Mishcon de Reya invests in MDR LAB start-up Thirdfort


Mishcon de Reya has invested in Thirdfort, one of its MDR LAB 2018 legal tech start-ups, which works with lawyers to securely hold money during property transactions.MDR LAB is Mishcon de Reya’s incubator programme for start-ups operating in the legal space. In May 2018, the firm ran the programme for the second consecutive year, welcoming


MDR Lab Spotlight on… Thirdfort


Thirdfort is a secure payment platform for residential property transactions. Founded in September 2017 and London headquartered, Thirdfort is addressing the highly inefficient and insecure methods money flows through when properties are purchased. We began looking at this transaction after learning our friend was defrauded out of £25k when buying a house last year.


MDR Spotlight on… Digitory Legal


Digitory Legal is a cost analytics and management platform. Founded in 2016 and based in San Francisco, USA, Digitory Legal has a user-stage product: a pricing prediction and management tool for litigators. Using historical data and industry trends, it helps customers understand what legal matters cost and why.