Lawtech Grant

Information about the Ministry of Justice Lawtech Grant and how to apply.

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Summary

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is providing this grant to deliver a second phase of government support aimed at accelerating innovation within the legal services sector – and the growth of lawtech – in the UK. It will also help support the UK’s position as a world leading destination for legal services by promoting English and Welsh law as the law of choice in relation to emerging technologies.

This funding seeks to build on and continue the progress made to date by the LawtechUK programme. The programme was established in 2019 by Tech Nation using a £2m grant from the MoJ to support lawtech and the digital transformation of the UK legal sector.

We are now seeking a provider to take forwards work under the second phase of funding. We intend to provide grant funding to one applicant or one consortium of applicants within the budget of up to £3.016m over 2 years from April 2023 to the end of March 2025.

Further details and supporting documents are available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/lawtech-grant-competition. If you have any questions you can get in touch with us via email at MoJLawtechGrant@justice.gov.uk.

Eligibility

This competition is open to applications from UK based registered entities with a significant UK presence.

Public sector organisations are not eligible to receive this funding and individual people are not eligible applicants.

Applicants may take the form of sole legal entities or may wish to combine to form consortia, joint ventures (JVs), unincorporated associations or partnerships. Consortia will need to specify their lead applicant. Individual organisations are not permitted to apply as part of more than one consortium.

Funding will be awarded subject to successful due diligence checks. Such checks will include, but not be limited to, a review of financial statements to ensure financial viability, a review of proposed governance structures, adverse media checks and legal entity checks. MoJ reserves the right to take account of other factors that have a bearing on a bidder’s suitability.

Objectives

The recipient will aim to help develop a culture of innovation within the legal services sector; increase understanding of the benefits of lawtech in legal service providers of all sizes; support the development of technology which will increase access to legal services and aim to reduce unmet legal need; and help grow the legal sectors’ economic contribution.

The grant objectives are to:

  • Increase innovation and the adoption of lawtech in the delivery of UK legal services.

  • Support the growth of the lawtech sector in the UK.

  • Enable English and Welsh law and the UK’s jurisdictions to become the foundation for emerging technologies, by supporting and promoting the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce’s work.

Dates

The proposed timetable is only a guideline. The Ministry of Justice reserves the right to make any changes it deems necessary to the proposed timetable.

  • Publish Invitation to Apply: 19 October 2022.

  • Applications open: 2 November 2022.

  • Deadline for clarification questions from applicants: 14 November 2022.

  • Deadline for MoJ to publish responses to clarification questions: 21 November 2022.

  • Deadline for submission of applications: 13 December 2022.

  • Evaluation of applications: 14 December 2022 - 13 January 2023.

  • Award notification: 17 February 2023.

  • Funding start date: 1 April 2023.

  • Last date that delivery plan for FY23/24 must be agreed: 15 May 2023.

  • Funding end date: 31 March 2025.

How to apply

Details of how to apply are set out on GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/lawtech-grant-competition, including all relevant documents and background.

Applicants may choose to apply either through the GOV.UK Apply for a Grant service or by submitting their documents via email to MoJLawtechGrant@justice.gov.uk.

To submit an application online, click 'Start new application' above (this will become available when the grant window opens, from 2nd November 2022).

Supporting information

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Grant Funding Agreement

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