Do you have an exciting new product which could disrupt or redefine legal services?

Slaughter and May Collaborate, our legal tech programme, is open to innovators and entrepreneurs at all stages, with products relevant to the legal tech sector. The programme offers the opportunity to collaborate with the brightest minds in this space – helping to develop, test and expand legal tech products.

Launching in 2019, details of those businesses who formed our first two cohorts are below. We are currently closed for applications.

If you would like to receive updates regarding Collaborate, or to register your interest in participating in future cohorts, please contact us.

The programme


We want to help you develop, test and expand your new legal tech product. If you are accepted onto Slaughter and May Collaborate you will receive access to the right people, data and resources to help your product grow.

Benefits include:

  • New for Collaborate 2020: access to and advice from venture capital funds and other legal tech entrepreneurs – giving you opportunities to receive advice on securing funding and other practical tips for start-ups and scale-ups.
  • New for Collaborate 2020: international reach – through our Collaborate Advisory panel, you will also have access to legal tech and innovation specialists based in Europe, the US and APAC to help you set your sights beyond the UK legal tech market.
  • Access to our lawyers - with opportunities to discuss product development and use cases with lawyers from across our firm. You will have two dedicated mentors – one lawyer and one member of our Knowledge and Innovation Team - who will design a tailored programme for you and support you through that programme.
  • Networking and demo opportunities - the programme has both Advisory and Client panels, with opportunities for you to engage with some of our key international clients.
  • Access to our tech sandbox and dummy data - we will provide you with the right environment to test and develop your product, in a typical law firm infrastructure.
Client panel

We acknowledge the importance of listening to clients when helping develop new legal tech, and understand the valuable role in-house teams can play in shaping new technologies. We are delighted to welcome:

  • Seda Yalçinkaya (European General Counsel, Apollo Management International)
  • Caroline Brown (Head of Legal Operations, Aviva)
  • Prakash Kakkad (Vice President, Corporate Legal, Barclays)
  • Janet McCarthy (Group Legal Director, Bupa)
  • Siobhan Moriarty (General Cousel, Diageo)
  • Sean Roberts (Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GSK Consumer Healthcare)
  • Andrea Ruggieri (Vice President, Digital and Privacy Legal, GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Kelly Clay (Global eDiscovery Counsel and Head of Information Governance, Global Legal Operations, GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Marco Pierettori (General Counsel, Investindustrial)
  • Natalie Ramsden (Legal Counsel, Investindustrial)
  • Gloria Sánchez (Group Legal Vice President, Head of Legal for Technology & Costs and Legal Dept. Transformation, Santander)
  • Anita Parker (Solicitor, Santander UK)
  • Chris Placencia (Vice President, Legal, SoftBank)
  • Ian McLean (Director, Legal Corporate, SoftBank)
  • Raleigh Morgan (Investment Director, SoftBank)
  • Ian Waterworth (Head of Programme and Change, Standard Chartered Bank)
  • Lyle Ellis (Senior IPR Manager and leader of the Digital Think Tank Initiative, Vodafone Group Legal)
  • Andrew Yorston (Head of Legal, Vodafone UK)
  • Gökhan Koçak (Risk & Operations Executive, Group Legal & Company Secretarial, Royal London Group)
  • Jenny Hacker (Head of Operations, Group Legal & Company Secretarial, Royal London Group)
Advisory panel

An industry Advisory panel will join the Client panel to bring valuable insight into the programme. The Advisory panel includes representatives from:

  • James Desjardins (Associate Director of Practice Technology, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP)
  • Jonathan Keeling (Head of Partnerships, Crowdcube)
  • Tjeerd van Ginkel (Head of Innovation, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek)
  • Pierre G. Zickert (Manager Legal Technology, Hengeler Mueller)
  • Zach Posner (Managing Partner, The Legal Tech Fund)
  • Alex Woods (Director of Knowledge & Innovation, Slaughter and May)
  • Chris Browne (CIO, Slaughter and May) 

Join our Collaborate Alumni Network, featuring members of our previous cohorts to benefit from additional support, feedback and experiences, as well as potential informal ‘mentoring’ opportunities with likeminded peers.


There is no minimum size/shape/age/financial position for acceptance into Slaughter and May Collaborate. We will be focused primarily on the strength, uniqueness and promise of the concept or product and on the team involved.

The programme is primarily aimed at early and mid-stage ventures rather than established businesses, but applications will be accepted from all businesses developing exciting new legal tech.


If you would like to receive updates regarding the programme, please contact us.

Our team