The new dedicated Legal Innovation Zone will focus on enabling law students to work with their peers and a consortium of external tech companies and law firms to develop legal entrepreneurship and technological advancements.
The legal technology applications will address the mounting challenges of access to justice, challenging traditional processes and approaches to legal services delivery. It reflects the continued change in the legal industry across the globe as new technology-based legal service providers emerge as well as new career opportunities.
Fraser Matcham, Alumnus and CEO and founder of Legal Utopia, has been appointed as Director of Legal Innovation to spearhead legal entrepreneurship at the University. Legal Utopia is an innovative technology start-up operating with artificial intelligence and law.
Speaking about the Legal Innovation Zone and his role, he said: “It is a privilege to join Westminster Law School under this new role and to be given the opportunity to deliver and pioneer a new focus on legal innovation and entrepreneurship. It is certainly an exciting time to be a law student and now even more so at Westminster.”
The new appointment brings new focus on legal entrepreneurship, legal design, and legal technology. It will also bring together students from Westminster Business School and the School of Computing and Engineering in idea generation, development and application building.
Elizabeth Duff, Head of Westminster Law School, said: “I am delighted to have Fraser work with us. He has attributes we develop in our students and he will be a tremendous asset to our School, as he brings both his knowledge and his exemplary networking ability.
“The Legal Innovation Programme will provide students with a significant advantage as they commence employment, enabling us to improve upon our exceptional employability levels. Westminster Law School is third in the employability league tables across London and the South East.”
The new initiative comes as Westminster Law School confirms it will be the venue for the Global Legal Hackathon 2019 in London set to take place from 22-24 February. Over 200 lawyers, developers and technologists building their LawTech concepts in global competition are expected to participate.