VAIOT: Exploring the Markets of LegalTech and LawTech

VAIOT_LTD
6 min readDec 20, 2023

As we explore the markets of LegalTech and LawTech, it becomes evident that VAIOT’s development into these domains holds immense promise. Let’s delve into the distinctive features of LegalTech and LawTech, their applications, market trends, and how VAIOT is strategically positioned to enter these markets.

LegalTech vs. LawTech

LegalTech and LawTech, while often used interchangeably, signify distinct facets of technology’s impact on the legal domain. LegalTech encompasses a broader scope, involving technologies that aid legal research, document management, and case management, ultimately optimizing workflow for law firms and legal departments. In contrast, LawTech, a subset of LegalTech, concentrates on technologies optimizing processes for end-consumers and small businesses.

There is no clear rule on how terms LawTech and LegalTech are being applied to describe certain products and services that constitute the sector of online legal services. Most sources mix these two terms up, however our interpretation is based on a clearer distinction: LawTech are online products & services offered by tech companies and directed towards end beneficiaries (private individuals and businesses, especially sole traders, micros and SMEs), who otherwise could not afford constant legal support from regular law firms.

LegalTech, on the other hand, combines online solutions by tech providers aimed at professional legal firms. In this approach, LegalTech may contain some (if not most) of services provided by LawTech (as long their recipients are legal firms and not their end-clients directly), however the composition of these two portfolios of products & services is much different.

While LegalTech includes for instance: Document Management Systems, virtual data rooms, eDiscovery, eBilling, contract discovery, regulatory compliance, matter management and document drafting, LawTech is far more focused on providing individuals and (smaller) businesses with drafts of legal documents (wills, civil contracts, including rather basic buy-sell contracts, non-disclosure agreements, employment contracts, business contracts, partners’ agreements, investment contracts, articles of association, and so on).

LegalTech and LawTech often intertwine, but understanding their nuanced differences is crucial. This exploratory article delves into the distinctions between LegalTech and LawTech, their applications, market trends, and future trajectories, supported by authoritative sources and metrics.

We seek to shed some light into the more traditional AI markets that exist in the world already — as VAIOT aims to be recognized as a top competitor there in the future.

Applications and Use Cases: What’s VAIOT’s technological edge?

Both LegalTech and LawTech leverage AI for tasks such as legal research, contract analysis, and predictive analytics. AI technologies like natural language processing (NLP) extract insights from legal documents, improving decision-making processes. The level of automation that VAIOT brings to the table with it’s proprietary AI algorithms and AI Assistants cannot be overlooked.

The application of blockchain and smart contracts is the clear next step in true development in both fields. While there is much interest in the combination of AI and blockchain technology in the field — VAIOT stands as a first mover.
The integration of chatbots for client communication and virtual legal assistants for routine tasks is anticipated to become more widespread, enhancing customer service and operational efficiency. VAIOT’s AI Legal Assistant and Content Management Systems are already fined tuned to handle clients and contracts on a large scale.
The development of further specialized AI Assistants for these markets is certainly achievable.

1. Internal Optimization with LegalTech

VAIOT’s LegalTech solutions focus on empowering legal practitioners with advanced practice management systems and case management software. The goal is to enhance the overall productivity of legal professionals within their workspace. Including but not limited to applications involving practice management systems, case management software, and technologies enhancing the efficiency of legal professionals, .online legal services, document automation, e-discovery, and legal research.

2. Empowering Consumers with LawTech

VAIOT’s vision aligns with the broad spectrum of LawTech applications, empowering not only law firms, but consumers and small business to the same degree of efficiency. Including applications such as legal document drafting, support in document filing and registration, legal guidance and advanced consulting

3. Current Market Opportunities for VAIOT

  • Document Management: Tools like NetDocuments and iManage streamline document organization and collaboration. Clio, a practice management software, reported a 25% increase in user engagement in 2020.
  • E-Discovery: The E-Discovery market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% from 2021 to 2028, according to Grand View Research. E-Discovery tools such as Relativity and Everlaw leverage AI to sift through massive datasets, saving time and resources in legal proceedings.
  • Contract Management: The global contract management software market is estimated to reach $3.2 billion by 2027. Companies like Icertis and DocuSign are redefining how contracts are created, managed, and analyzed.
  • Legal Research and Analytics: AI-powered tools like ROSS Intelligence and Lex Machina are revolutionizing legal research. They analyze vast legal databases, providing insights, case predictions, and relevant precedents.
  • Practice Management: Tools like Clio and PracticePanther streamline law firms’ daily operations, from client management to billing. According to Clio’s 2020 Legal Trends Report, law firms embracing technology experienced a 12% increase in revenue.
  • Online Dispute Resolution (ODR): With the rise of virtual proceedings, ODR platforms like Modria and Immediation offer efficient resolution of disputes online. This segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19.2% from 2021 to 2028, according to Grand View Research.
  • Integration with Emerging Technologies: The amalgamation of LegalTech and LawTech with chatbots, virtual assistants, and advanced analytics is on the horizon, promising heightened operational efficiency and enriched client services.
  • Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage: With the surge in digitization, robust cybersecurity measures are imperative. Both sectors are poised to invest significantly in fortifying their defenses against data breaches and cyber threats

Investment, Security, and Technological Integration

VAIOT, being the first VFA regulated AI and cryptocurrency project on the market opens up an entire world of value proposition for VAIOT as a whole. The legal-specialization of VAIOT’s AI is a powerful disruptor here when considering the projected trends of the LegalTech and LawTech.

Projected Trends

  • Growing worldwide demand for online legal services for private individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses.
  • Widespreading of user-friendly simplified solutions allowing for DIY tools to efficiently replace legal attorneys in providing basic, yet much seeked for, services like document drafting and registration.
  • Increased integration with chatbots, AI, virtual assistants, and advanced analytics to enhance operational efficiency and client services.
  • Growing emphasis on cybersecurity due to the digitization of legal processes, with heavy investments expected to address data security concerns.
  • Challenges related to privacy, data security, and ethical considerations. Navigating complex regulatory landscapes is an ongoing concern.
  • The LegalTech/LawTech industry is influenced by regulatory frameworks in different countries. Regulatory challenges and compliance requirements vary, impacting the adoption and growth of legal tech solutions.

Investment and Development

  • The UK LawTech market is valued (by revenue) at 3.3 bn EUR in 2023 (own calculations based on an estimated 25% share of UK market in global online legal services market — source: Global Online Legal Services Market: Overview & Global Forecast 2023–2030). Assuming once more that CAGR = 8.7%, the serviceable available market (SAM) for LegalTorch would expand to 4.95 bn EUR in 2028.
  • Venture capital funding in legal tech startups has been on the rise, indicating growing investor confidence in the sector investment in LegalTech reached USD 1.6 billion in the first half of 2021, indicating significant investor confidence (CB Insights).
  • The United States has historically been a significant player in the legal tech industry, with a large number of legal tech startups and established companies.
  • Europe, especially the United Kingdom and Germany, has also seen substantial growth in legal tech adoption.
  • Asia-Pacific, including countries like China and Singapore, is emerging as a key region for legal tech innovation.
  • Venture capital funding in legal tech startups has been on the rise, indicating growing investor confidence in the sector.
  • Blockchain’s influence, especially through smart contracts, ensures a future marked by transparent, secure, and automated contractual agreements.

About VAIOT

VAIOT offers a portfolio of blockchain-based AI Assistants for businesses and consumers to provide automated services and transactions. Faster, easier, and affordable.

Read our AI Legal Assistant Lightpaper here.

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