Foot Anstey backs major new report on the future of LegalTech in the West of England

Top 100 UK law firm, Foot Anstey, has become a lead business partner for a new report that will analyse the future of innovation and technology in the legal sector and how the West of England can extend its growing reputation and competitive advantage in LegalTech.

Commissioned by the Bristol Law Society, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Bristol+BathLegalTech, the report will provide comprehensive analysis of the region’s strengths in LegalTech and innovation, along with recommendations for the growth of the sector.

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Martin Cuell, partner in the commercial practice at Foot Anstey, commented: "Implementing innovative technology solutions is central to the future of the legal profession and how it delivers the highest quality advice and services to clients in a more agile and connected world.

"With its world class universities and businesses, the West of England has become a major technology and professional services centre of excellence and this research will underpin this transformative development within the region's top law firms.

"The report will also inform the wider debate about the evolution of the UK's outstanding LegalTech industry, attracting further investment and business opportunities to the region."

West of England Mayor Tim Bowles, commented: “The West of England is a vibrant and dynamic hub for innovation in professional services. LegalTech brings together our forward-looking legal sector with our globally recognised tech sector to revolutionise the way the legal industry operates.

"This all underlines the West of England’s national and international importance as a centre of innovation.”

Tim Bowles

“This report will provide valuable data and insights not only for the region but for the entire country, being the first comprehensive survey of LegalTech in the post-COVID world. The report is a central tool for promoting the region’s strengths in LegalTech; taking the exciting Bristol+BathLegalTech initiative to the next level as a driver of digital transformation in the legal services sector. This all underlines the West of England’s national and international importance as a centre of innovation.”

Research and analysis for the report is being conducted by Whitecap Consulting in association with local experts. The project is sponsored by Invest Bristol & Bath, WECA’s inward investment and international trade arm.

The research includes an online survey open to anyone with an interest in this sector, which can be accessed here and takes around 5 minutes to complete.