Legal Access Challenge

The SRA is working with Nesta, the innovation foundation to deliver the Legal Access Challenge. Too many people struggle to access expert help when they have a legal problem. The Challenge aims to help address that problem.

It is looking for innovative technology-driven legal solutions that will help individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to better understand, prevent or resolve their legal problems.

The Challenge is calling for legal tech start-ups, law firms, alternative legal providers, advice organisations and law schools to develop ambitious direct-to-user products, services and platforms.

The technologies used could include guided pathways, expert systems, chatbots, automated document assembly, natural language processing, machine learning and online dispute resolution platforms. This is an open call and we welcome new ideas beyond what is currently available in the market.

We are not expecting any quick fixes. Bringing user-facing solutions to the legal services market will take time. As well as helping Challenge participants accelerate their progress in 2019/20, we want to work with a wider coalition of experts and organisations to make sure we maintain the right regulatory framework to create longer term change in the market.

The application window will open on 30 May 2019.