Fast Forward

Throughout our history, Slaughter and May has both supported and practised entrepreneurialism and innovation. Fast Forward is our emerging tech incubation programme which supports the work of UK-based technology entrepreneurs and innovators. Through the programme we share our market-leading expertise with a new generation of tech entrepreneurs and innovators, whose businesses have the potential to deliver meaningful improvements or increased competition across a broad range of business sectors.

On 15 January 2019 we announced the third cohort of businesses to join our Fast Forward Programme. Having initially focused on the fintech sector, for our third cohort we opened up the programme to enable a broader range of emerging technology companies to benefit.

Details of the six businesses that made up the third Fast Forward cohort are available here, and details of the programme are set out below.

Information about the timing for our fourth cohort will be available soon.

To discuss potential opportunities to work with us outside of the programme please  get in touch with Rob Sumroy or Ben Kingsley (co-heads of our emerging tech and fintech team)

Our Fast Forward programme offers participants up to £30,000 of value add services including:

Support from our Emerging Tech and Fintech Team’s legal experts in technology, financial services, intellectual property, data, employment, competition and company law.

Access to model legal documents – including non‑disclosure agreements, employment contracts and intellectual property transfers.

Introductions and networking opportunities through Slaughter and May’s existing networks and Fast Forward’s consultative panel of leading industry and legal professionals.

Tailored individual coaching and development sessions in crucial areas such as pitching, presentations, people management, communications and negotiation.


There is no minimum size/shape/age/financial position for acceptance into our Fast Forward programme. We will be focussed primarily on the strength, uniqueness and promise of the concept and the team.

The programme is aimed at early‑ and mid-stage ventures rather than established businesses but applications will be accepted from newly-formed businesses through to the pre‑IPO/exit stage.

We particularly encourage businesses with strong ESG credentials to apply.


Information about the timing for our fourth cohort will be available soon.