Westminster announces collaboration with LawTech start-up Legal Utopia
Law 13 April 2018
Legal Utopia is an innovative technology start-up operating in the sphere of artificial intelligence and law. Through the collaborative partnership, The University of Westminster will support Legal Utopia to develop and manage an ambitious access to justice project – a web-based application software which can autonomously analyse a consumer’s problem and allocate it within multiple parameters of fields of law.
The Founder and Chairman, and final-year student at Westminster Law School, Fraser Matcham, came up with the idea for Legal Utopia when consulting a group of senior partners from a commercial law firm in London. He secured seed funding and formed a board including two successful business leaders and an ex-IBM lawyer.
Joining the collaborative project are Dr Paresh Kathrani, Senior Lecturer in Law, and Markos Mentzelopoulos, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Computer Games Development, and member of the Computational Vision and Imaging Technology interdisciplinary research group (CVIT).
Dr Kathrani, Collaborative Research Lead, has organised and chaired multiple events on law and technology comprising of ethicists, lawyers and technologists, as well as written on LawTech for national media amongst others. Dr Kathrani said: “I am delighted to be working with Fraser and Legal Utopia in looking at news ways of promoting access to justice based on artificial intelligence.’ Dr Kathrani will be joined by his colleague, Marc Mason, a Senior Lecturer in Family Law and previously a barrister at 4 Brick Court. Marc is recently known for his research into LGBT+ community with the legal sector. Marc has joined the project as the Collaborative Legal Researcher.
Responding to the collaboration, founder Fraser Matcham said: “This is an exciting time to be working in LawTech and we are delighted to be expanding our team. Legal Utopia is working on applying advanced technology to areas where lawyers and clients benefit from efficiency. I am looking forward to working with academics from the University of Westminster in bringing this idea to fruition.”
The collaboration is funded by Legal Utopia and the European Regional Development Fund via the KEEP+ Scheme. Legal Utopia will be recruiting a further 20 lawyers to undertake legal research work over the next six months. The University of Westminster is recruiting a full-time computer science graduate to support the accelerating start-up.
Find out more about Legal Utopia.
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