We are delighted that CrowdJustice won Best Technology Product at The Lawyer Awards 2019!
The Lawyer Awards are "the leading awards initiative within the legal calendar and unquestionably the largest celebration of legal excellence in Europe". This year, over 60 judges from across the industry debated hundreds of entries across 30 categories. 'Best technology product' is a new accolade to be awarded for the first time in 2019 and we are thrilled to have been chosen as the winner at last night's award ceremony.
We were shortlisted in a very competitive field:
Here's our founder & CEO, Julia, and our Head of UK, Jo, at the award ceremony:
And here they are with some of the team from Matrix Chambers, who kindly invited us as their guests:
What we do
CrowdJustice helps lawyers to fund legal work. 150 law firms have used CrowdJustice and around £10m has been raised to cover fees and costs for all kinds of legal work - from initial advice, to disbursements and the cost of appeals.
Lawyers’ clients use CrowdJustice’s online platform to raise funds for legal fees and costs. In addition, CrowdJustice now also offers a private model of fundraising - harnessing personal networks to source funds for legal work.
CrowdJustice was founded in 2015 by our CEO, Julia Salasky, who previously worked as a litigator at Linklaters and at a legal aid clinic before working on access to justice at the United Nations.
Funding legal work
CrowdJustice helps lawyers to take on work and many legal success stories - large and small - have been funded in some part via CrowdJustice. Here are a few highlights:
- The European Court of Justice ruled that the UK can withdraw the Article 50 notification without needing consent from other EU member states. 6,000 people raised over £180,000 on CrowdJustice to take this case to court.
- An eco-sunscreen company successfully defended its patent from challenge by cosmetics giant, Nivea-owner Beiersdorf. 100 people raised £6,900 to fund the patent defence.
- Victims of the ‘Black Cab Rapist’ John Worboys successfully overturned a Parole Board decision which ordered his release. 2,500 people raised over £66,000 so his victims could make sure he remains in prison.
- Local residents successfully challenged a planning decision by Bath & North Somerset Council to demolish Foxhill housing estate, where over 2000 people live. 170 people raised over £5,000 with us to bring the judicial review.
- 12-year-old Daniel convinced the Department for Education and exams regulator Ofqual to consider a proposal for a British Sign Language GCSE. 350 people raised £6,000 to help Daniel access this qualification.
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