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Decades of success with award-winning legal services underpins all we do. We're committed to bringing next generation software to law firms of all sizes.
Mark has been an entrepreneur in the tech sector for over twenty years. He was previously a senior manager and angel investor in the business that became the online gaming giant Gamesys as well as director and angel investor to Infinitesima, a world leader in nano-scale imaging technology.
In 2006, Mark founded Trade Mark Direct, using dynamic programming to automate trademark searching, registration and watching. Within three years it had become the most prolific filer of UK trademarks. With a deep understanding of the legal sector, Mark has long foreseen the AI revolution that is starting to impact not just the trademark sector but the whole of law.
Thomas is our chief technologist. A self-taught coding wunderkind he was working internationally as a developer whilst still in his teens. Turning down offers from Google and Microsoft, he left Norway to pursue a career that has taken him all over the world, before co-founding Blackfish, a highly respected development company serving clients in the US and Europe from their main office in Argentina.
A hacker by nature, Thomas is always interested in finding ways to make things work better, faster, and more efficiently. He sees LawPanel as a chance to show the world how to unlock the potential of AI.
With over twenty years of experience, Sebastián has worked on projects for clients all over the world before joining LawPanel. Another self-taught coder, Sebastián is one of the few people who can legitimately claim to be a 10x programmer. Thomas and Sebastián have worked together for more than 7 years in Argentina. Together, they are a truly formidable development team.
Sebastián is something of a perfectionist, which is why he oversees our development. Few people are more plugged into the tech sector, and Sebastián makes sure our user experience improves with each new innovation.
Product & Marketing
Felix has worked in advertising and technology, both in the UK and Asia. Before joining LawPanel, he gained a place on the Swire Group's coveted IMT programme. A Mandarin speaker, he was based in Hong Kong and China, where he lead the development of the Coca-Cola system's first major customer-facing portal in China.
As both a linguist and a technology enthusiast, Felix is fascinated by how new advances translate into practical applications. He works to make sure our AI and software delivers our clients the maximum return on investment, both in recruiting and retaining new business.
HOW WE GOT HERE
It’s been clear to us for a while that technology is changing law. In 2007, we started exploring ways to help lawyers provide more services to more clients.
Our first project was aimed at trademark law. We built a system to automate trademark searching using complex algorithms and dynamic programming which was truly innovative, earning a US patent. There was just one problem. The legal sector wasn’t ready to start using this kind of AI software.
So, we decided to set up our own legal service provider to demonstrate its capabilities..
Today, Trademark Direct is the number one filer of UK trademarks, accounting for over 10% of the UK market. More importantly, what is now LawPanel technology lets a handful of staff serve over 1,500 clients, with consistently excellent feedback.
Launching in 2017, LawPanel aims to help lawyers improve their offering, not just in IP law, but across all practice areas.
Whatever your situation, whether you’re a solo practitioner or a firm with hundreds of seats, we’re here to help lawyers who want to embrace the benefits of new technology.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
We’re proud of what we do and the tools we make. We will always be honest and upfront about what are products do, how they do it, and how much they cost.
In the digital age, it's important to see through the hype to what matters. We are experienced technologists, with a proven track record in the legal sector.
We take access to law and rule of law seriously. As technology changes the legal industry, we want to help all lawyers, not just large firms, share the benefits.