Legal matching and comparison and sites are all the rage.
I’ve been writing about them for a few years now, but it seems that not a week goes by at the moment without another one entering the market.
That’s no bad thing in my book.
The genesis of entrepreneurialism is such that some will succeed, some will “pivot”, to use the startup jargon, and some will dust themselves off and start again.
The latest US-based legal marketplace to hit the market, Priori Legal, was featured in the New York Times last week.
Launched by former Yale Law School friends, Mirra Levitt and Basha Frost Rubin, the site claims to have already signed up 100 lawyers in New York City.
Elsewhere in the US, we learned this week that the top lawyer directory Avvo has secured a new round of financing to fuel its international growth – with countries in the English-speaking world on its priority list.
Over in the UK, Brian Rogers, director of regulation and compliance at Riliance, predicted on the Legal Futures site that legal comparison websites are set to take off in the same way that similar products dominate other industry sectors.
Rogers believes that regulatory developments will encourage law firms to collect positive client reviews, and keep prices low in order to fare well in comparison websites.
And it’s not just in the US and UK that these sites are exploding.
Australia has seen a bunch of new sites such as LegalVision (video above), LawPath, which formed an alliance with Lexis Nexis in September 2013, Brief It, and the soon-to-be launched LawCorner.
Kim McFayden says
Cheers for the mention Lloyd 🙂