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

Slaughter and May Collaborate is our new legal tech programme. We are looking for innovators and entrepreneurs in the legal tech sector. We want to collaborate with the brightest minds in this space – to help you develop, test and expand your product. If you are accepted onto our programme you will receive access to the right people, data and resources to help your product grow.

On 29 April 2019, we announced the first cohort of businesses to join our Collaborate Programme, this cohort concluded in July 2019.

Applications are currently closed.


Access to the right people, data and resources

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:

  • 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 Information team - who will design a tailored programme for you and support you through that programme.

  • Networking and demo opportunities - the programme has both an expert panel and a client panel, 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.

For more information on the programme see our FAQs or contact the team.

Slaughter and May Collaborate has both a client and expert panel. 

Client panel

Our clients are key to Slaughter and May Collaborate. 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 representatives from:

Sean Roberts (Senior Vice President GC) and Orijit Das (a senior Digital and Technology lawyer who currently acts as GSK’s Global Leader for Digital & Privacy).

Maria Passemard (Head of Legal Operations).

Gloria Sánchez (Head of Transformation, Legal Dept), Anita Parker (Solicitor, Santander UK).

Palwinder Hare (Global Head of Legal, M&A).

Rosemary Martin (General Counsel Vodafone Group), Lyle Ellis (lead patent attorney and leader of the Digital Think Tank Initiative in Vodafone Group Legal) and Andrew Yorston (Head of Legal & Compliance at Vodafone UK).

Janet McCarthy (Group Legal Director).


Expert panel

Our consultative panel of experts will bring valuable sector insight into the programme. They are:


Anna Donovan, Vice Dean (Innovation) for the Faculty of Laws at UCL 

Anna joined UCL as a lecturer in 2014. Prior to this, she was a senior corporate solicitor in London where she specialised in corporate structuring and M&A projects. Anna is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and also admitted to the New York State bar. Anna’s research focuses on distributed ledger technology, with a particular focus on the governance of smart contracts. In this capacity, she is a member of: the UK LawTech Delivery panel, where she chairs the Education Taskforce; the BSI Smart Legal Contract steering group; and the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.


Catherine Bamford, BamLegal 

Catherine is a Legal Engineer, Document Automation and Workflow Design Specialist. She was previously a Real Estate Lawyer and is a qualified Project Manager. Catherine is the founder of legal tech consultancy firm BamLegal. BamLegal helps law firms and in-house legal departments improve the delivery of legal services through the smart application of legal technology.


Andrew Burgess, AJBurgess Ltd 

Andrew has worked as an advisor to C-level executives in Technology and Sourcing for the past 25 years. He is considered a thought-leader and practitioner in Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences on the subject. He is a strategic advisor to a number of ambitious companies in the field of disruptive technologies. He has written two books; ‘The Executive Guide to Artificial Intelligence (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018) and, with the London School of Economics, ‘The Rise of Legal Services Outsourcing’ (Bloomsbury, 2014).


For more information on the programme see our FAQs or contact the team

If you would like to contact any of Slaughter and May’s Collaborate team, please email us.


There is no minimum size/shape/age/financial position for acceptance into Slaughter and May Collaborate. We will be focussed 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.


Applications are currently closed. See details of the six businesses that made up our 2019 cohort.