Catching up on recent news and information of probable interest to the CodeX community, in no particular order.

>Allegory Law has announced that Alessia Bell has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Says founder and CIO Alma Asay, “Alessia brings a wealth of litigation experience to the team and understands just what it takes to succesfully manage a case.”

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Bell and Asay worked together at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in New York. Bell also practiced at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Bell also previously worked at eBrevia, as Vice President of Innovation and Business Development. She earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School and her B.A. at Stanford University.


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> From Heather Fox at Thomson Reuters:  TR and Legal Geek have released  “Movers and Shakers: U.K. Lawtech Startups.” They note that Investment into U.K. lawtech startups has reached £16m,” they note.

“The report, which tracks and analyses fast-growing start-ups in the legal technology space across the U.K., says that while the market is still at an embryonic stage, the value of investment in the sector shows encouraging levels of backing by venture capital firms, angel investors and players in the legal services market.”

Three examples:

“£2.1m in venture capital funding for CheckRecipient, a cybersecurity tool which prevents emails being sent to the wrong recipient.

£1.6m in seed capital for CrowdJustice, a litigation crowdfunding platform

£800,000 in angel investment for ThoughtRiver, a machine learning/risk visualisation tool.”

Press release here.

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> Doxly has launched automated checklists for corporate law transactions. It helps attorneys easily evaluate the status of a deal and take action, says founder Haley Altman.

“Doxly has modernized the document placement process within the system. Whether uploaded or emailed, if the artificial intelligence doesn’t automatically find a home for the document, you can now “drag and drop” the documents to the appropriate place within the checklist.”

See also: “Startup Snapshot: Haley Altman—Doxly.”

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> The Buying Legal Council and have launched the Buying Legal Guide, a “searchable database for ancillary legal services.

“Buyers can search by type of service, such as administrative and business support services, litigation support services, and other ancillary legal functions. The system then allows you to drill down further, e.g. to courtroom services, forensic investigation services etc., noted Silvia Hodges Silverstein, executive director of the Buying Legal Council.

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“Never before has there been so much transparency around reputation, price and quality, available for the discerning legal procurement professional,” said Tony Lai, CEO of, who also is a Fellow at CodeX. “Only those providers who learn to listen and embrace the new realities of the market will survive, and with the Buying Legal Guide, it’s never been easier for ancillary legal service providers to be a part of this new reality.”

Press release here.


Monica Bay is a Fellow at CodeX and a freelance journalist. She is a member of the California bar. (Disclaimer: I write frequently for Thomson Reuters) Email: Twitter: @Monica Bay.

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