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GV Leads Funding for Lawhive's Expansion

  • Lawhive secures $11.9 million to enhance AI legal services.
  • Targets SME law firms and solo lawyers with AI tools.
  • Focuses on the consumer legal market, distinct from corporate.

Lawhive, a British legal tech unicorn, secured $11.9 million (£9.5 million) in funding to grow its AI-powered services for SME law firms. The existing Law Tech companies deal with the largest law firms, but Lawhive aims at small law firms and solo lawyers.

The company utilizes AI to automate tasks like KYC/AML documentation and document summarization. Its AI lawyer, Lawrence, is designed based on its language model.

What distinguishes Lawhive from other legal tech companies that focus on the corporate market is the area that Lawhive aims to serve -the consumer legal market.

The consumer legal sector in the U.K. is estimated to be worth around £25 billion, but it is limited by the costs it incurs, just like the other legal markets. So, more than three million people need legal help to resolve disputes, but not every year because about a million small enterprises take care of legal issues on their own.

Proner stated that Lawhive combines its model-developing platform with those of OpenAI, Anthropic, and open-source models. This model, which uses data from thousands of cases, is trainable.

The lead investor for this round of funding, GV (the venture capital unit of Alphabet based in the US), maybe a precursor to those markets where Lawhive is looking to expand. The seed round also drew interest from London-based investor Episode 1 Ventures.

Edited by Shruti Thapa