find the latest legal job
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Adelaide CBD · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
Freelance Project Finance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Australia
· Vario are looking for freelance lawyers with experience in project finance ideally within the renewable energy sector
View details
Vario Freelance Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Australia
· We are looking for lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Freelance Construction Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· We are looking for construction lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Two new legal platforms enter the market

Two new legal platforms enter the market

A service providing instantaneous legal fees quotes and another for giving online legal guidance are the latest entrants into the legal tech sector.

In the past month, both LawyerQuote and LawAdvisor have announced their official launches.

LawyerQuote, founded by Queensland lawyer Melissa Sinopoli, promises to give clients instant quotes from its database of lawyers.

Ms Sinopoli said technology was rapidly changing the status quo, leading clients to expect a more efficient quoting process.

“The research shows that people are moving away from traditional word-of-mouth referrals to finding their lawyers online,” she said.

“Gone are the days of people calling around for quotes for their legal matter. Consumers today want online access to quotes for legal matters 24/7, instantly, and that is what LawyerQuote is making available to them for the first time.”

Customers on LawyerQuote are prompted to complete a questionnaire, then receive a fixed fee quote from a range of lawyers.

At time of publication, the site’s home page promoted an affiliation with eight firms, mainly boutiques.

Another new entrant is LawAdvisor, a site allowing the public to pose simple questions to lawyers registered on the site and receive free guidance. For more in-depth advice, customers can then request proposals from lawyers on the site.

The start-up also supplies a cloud-based practice management platforms for clients and lawyers to use.

CEO Brennan Ong, a former PhD student studying legal practice, said LawAdvisor sought to address the lack of affordability in legal services.

“For the ‘missing middle’ – people who can’t really afford a lawyer, but aren’t poor enough to qualify for legal aid – where do they turn for legal help?” Mr Ong asked.

He suggested the platform would “democratise the legal profession” by opening advice to the public.

To date, LawAdvisor has raised $360,000 from private investors and is now targeting Series A funding.

The start-up’s board includes Gadens partner Andrew Denehy, as well as former Deloitte Private partner Bruce Dungey and Optus Retail former vice president Phillip Wise.

Mr Wise suggested the start-up would “humanise” legal services.

“LawAdvisor is one of few innovations that will make a real difference to the world by empowering both consumers and businesses with a greater understanding about their legal rights,” he said.

“For lawyers, LawAdvisor empowers lawyers to actively lead, participate and help people achieve better and more cost-effective solutions to their legal problems.”

The website’s FAQ says lawyers providing answers to online questions does not constitute legal advice, but rather “basic legal information”.


Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Two new legal platforms enter the market
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Debate rises over Victorian judiciary attack
Jan 24 2018
Debate rises over Victorian judiciary attack
The Victorian Bar has become the latest to go on record condemning recent political attacks on the V...
Michelle Quigley QC
Jan 24 2018
Vic Barrister who helped stop major heritage redevelopment joins Supreme Court
Michelle Quigley QC, who assisted a coalition to oppose the redevelopment of St Heliers villa estate...
Building, construction
Jan 24 2018
Building finish for NSW coroner’s complex slated for early 2019
Efforts to relocate the state coroner’s facilities from Glebe to Lidcombe are on track, according ...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...