This UK based legal tech startup is accelerating growth plans as Covid-19 increases demand for secure, remote, user-friendly technology. Latest investors include James Meekings and Andrew Mullinger, co-founders of Funding Circle, and David Rutter, founder of R3
Legal tech startup Thirdfort has secured £1m in its latest fund raising, as the security specialist looks to capitalise on increasing demand from law firms. The seed-plus investment round garnered interest from a number of new, high-profile investors includingJames Meekings and Andy Mullinger, co-founders of Funding Circle, and David Rutter, founder of R3, in addition to further funding from law firm Mishcon de Reya and a range of other private investors.
It brings the company’s total funds raised to £2.7 million and will support investment across all aspects of the business, as its law firm clients look to accelerate the adoption of secure, remote, user-friendly technology in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
FCA regulated Thirdfort is a web and mobile app that combines document scanning, facial recognition technology and Open Banking, to streamline identity and source of funds checks carried out by lawyers. Thirdfort lets conveyancers and lawyers onboard their clients quickly, securely and entirely remotely.
The business saw a five-fold increase in inbound leads during March and April as a result of law firms being forced to work remotely, consumers social distancing, and in-person ID checks becoming almost impossible. Since March the team has grown from 15 to 25 and is forecasting a 60% growth in headcount during the next 12 months.
Thirdfort graduated from Mishcon de Reya’s prestigious MDR LAB accelerator programme in 2018, before setting up its first office in Victoria, London. The business has since attracted seed funding from Mishcon and a number of high-profile angel investors including Alex Chesterman (Zoopla founder) and Chris Marks (ex-CEO of Natwest Markets).