Beyonce said it all along: girls run the world. For the first time ever the ABA TECH SHOW 2017 faculty roster had more women than men. Their women of legal tech list is also highly impressive. Well, it’s time we at Clocktimizer joined in. We are proud that our office is 50% female. So we wanted to shine some well deserved light on rising female legal tech stars from across the globe. From Helsinki to Nigeria, these women are currently either building or running their own business whilst being at the helm. Watch them: they are going to be big in legal tech.
Fellow Dutch native Laura was the operational brain behind the critically acclaimed online divorce procedure, Rechtwijzer. She is currently running Justice42, the commercial edition of this innovative platform. The platform will be called uitelkaar.nl and is set to launch this year. As the COO, Laura is determined to make it a commercial success. We have no doubt this company will set a new standard for customer-first legal procedures across the world.
This Finn is the co-founder and chief scientist of Trademark Now. She is an AI and law scholar by training but does research in IP law, cognition and vague norms. At the same time as all this, she co-founded the company Trademark Now. Trademark now is a web-based trademark management platform. The platform is used by enterprise companies, law firms and branding agencies for instant trademark search and watch results. Does this already sound like a heavy workload? Anna is also on the Future Commission of Lakimiesliitto (The Finnish Lawyers’ Association). Clearly one to watch.
Bola Olonisakin, Funkola Odeleye and Odunoluwa Longe
These Nigerian ladies won the HiiL Innovating Justice Award last year with their startup DIYlaw. Nigeria has a growing number of entrepreneurs but the country deals with several problems. Namely, corruption, bad infrastructure and a lack of financial backups to name but a few. Nigerian entrepreneurs may have many challenges facing them but with DIYlaw, legal work won’t be one of them. They help you build and operate your business from start to finish. Bola, Funkola and Odunoluwa are at the forefront of Nigerian entrepreneurship. They are three mighty women to watch in 2017.
Mary is the CEO and co-founder at F-LEX; an online platform which provides paralegals for law firms. General counsel is also now available for periods ranging from half a day upwards. Thus, by connecting paralegals with law firms and in house counsel, F-LEX provides a more cost effective and flexible workforce. Mary used to be a property litigation solicitor for a London based law firm. The idea of F-LEX was born while looking out of her window one day. She wished she could ask the group of law students standing outside for help. The company is now mentioned as a finalist in Legal Week’s Innovation Awards 2017. So, if you are ever in need of a paralegal, you know where to go.
Suzanna is the founder of Legal Advice Middle East. It is the first online marketplace for legal services in the Middle East. The success of this online platform is uncanny with lawyers from all over the Emirates connecting with consumers worldwide. The platform makes legal services accessible to all and provides a dedicated online marketing tool for law firms to find new clients. Recently, Suzanna’s company formed a strategic partnership with corporate recruiter Blue Pencil. We have no doubt Suzanna will be a force to drive change within legal services.
We’d love to hear from you if you can think of more women to be added to this list. Just email us or drop us a tweet. And if you are female, based in London, and looking for a great meetup for women in legal tech then don’t forget Legal Geek have you covered. Check their website here for dates of their women in legal tech meetups.