Legaltech Hub revamps directory, eyeing expansion beyond legal tech
Today, the Legaltech Hub legal technology directory goes live with a new look and a revamped, comprehensive website intended to steer the information tool in a more “holistic” direction.
The latest update, one of the biggest since its launch in October 2020, seeks to do more than “just be a directory,” said Legaltech Hub founder Nicola Shaver. It attempts to address pain points in legal technology procurement, educating buyers on how to map their processes by integrating search tools with additional background information.
“Our goal is to create a comprehensive industry intelligence and analytics platform with practical advice and educational materials for lawyers and legal technology innovators,” Shaver said. “So we opted for more [search] categories for Consultants, Alternative Legal Service Providers (ALSPs), Recruitment Agents, and Litigation Funding.
Shaver said the added categories will bring Legaltech Hub closer to where she and business partner Jeroen Plink envision going beyond legal tech and into the legal industry as a whole, creating a more integrated resource for legal professionals in a variety of industries, from finance to human resources to running a law firm.
On the front-end, the website is markedly different from before. It opts for a cleaner look, getting rid of ads, for a more contemporary interface that is user-friendly and free for all users. The website will retain some features from its original design in this new iteration such as its improved content listing option for more visibility.
The current update is also only the first phase, Shaver points out. The next phase will include premium content like finding paid experts who will be linked to resources and solutions to further facilitate the procurement process. This new phase is expected to be commissioned by June 2022.
Admittedly, Legaltech Hub is not the only directory on the market. Similar directories, such as The Observatory by Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and RightNext from Bob Ambrogi, have popped up over the past two years.
“It’s definitely an idea that has resonated with people,” Shaver said. “What sets us apart, however, is that we work closely with our suppliers, but don’t let them decide for themselves which categories they belong to. We apply our entire taxonomy consistently and organize the backend so people get the results they expect. It really is apples to apples and oranges to oranges.
Legaltech Hub currently has 2002 solutions available on its database, but Shaver said more updates and “carefully considered taxonomies” are on the horizon.