Contribution from David Koelliker
During a 2-day hackathon in Düsseldorf, jointly organized by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) and Fieldfisher, German law students used BRYTER’s no-code platform to build ready-to-go software solutions that enable legal professionals to work faster and more effectively.
Set up for the hackathon
In groups of three to five students, and supported by lawyers from Fieldfisher, we worked through a variety of different use cases and created software solutions with the intention to streamline legal processes and/or decision making. By the time the 2 days had elapsed, the teams created a number of legal software solutions:
Team 1: Assessment helping startups to choose the suitable legal form.
Team 2: A claim examination tool tailored to the construction industry.
Team 3: An assessment to check whether a company has a dominant position in the EU market.
Team 4: GDPR compliance consultation application for website operators.
Team 5: Generators for employment contracts and termination notices.
Due to BRYTER’s intuitive and understandable interface, all participants quickly understood how to use the platform. As a result, the teams realized first drafts soon and tangible success was quickly achieved. General perception of BRYTER was very positive. Although I was the only one who had worked with the BRYTER automation platform before and had some prior insight, all participants were able to quickly get used to the toolset.
The diversity of use cases and outcomes showed the myriad ways BRYTER can be utilized, which included the provision of «actual» legal advice, complex calculations and document automation.
Applying a no-code platform in the context of a legal hackathon seems a proven concept but brings unforeseen challenges and possibilities every time. The teams discovered a number of new applications possible and gave valuable feedback on additional features.
Fieldfisher is a multinational law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom, with more than 700 lawyers spread across its global offices. The Firm has a dedicated legal innovation team, lead by the German Managing Partner Philipp Plog. Fieldfisher is active in numerous innovative projects and consults in the intersection of law and technology.
The European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization run by and for law students. ELSA regularly organizes events for law students together with practitioners and academics.
Pictures by David Albers