TinkBig Venture led the funding round for BurgieLaw, an online marketplace for legal services
Kuala Lumpur-based legaltech startup BurgieLaw announced that it has raised a US$200,000 funding round led by TinkBig Venture.
The startup is an online marketplace for legal services which serves as an initial point of contact for corporates, internal legal counsel, and individual customers to solve their legal issues. The platform allows users to make general inquiry, book appointments, request for a quotation, and book a lawyer.
Launched in March 2016, the founding of BurgieLaw was inspired by the co-founder’s own experience in seeking for legal counsel.
“There is no complete directory for me to look up. Even the referrals made through friends are not accurate. The lawyers either come with no experience in that particular area or they are not the correct lawyer I am looking for,” co-founder Louis Gan said in a press statement, adding that even the law firms’ own websites often do not cite information such as the languages a lawyer speaks, years of practice, areas of practice, and hourly rates.
Meanwhile, co-founder Lai Chee Hoe pointed out how legal services are still being viewed as an expensive commodity by the public, preventing them to seek for help.
For lawyers themselves, BurgieLaw claimed that having a completed profile in the platform had enabled them to increase the number of inquiries, with some of them converted into retainer clients. The startup stated that it is currently managing about 20 inquiries and appointments within a week with 150 registered lawyers.
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In the Asian region, examples of startup working in the legal field are Hong Kong’s Dragon Law, Singapore’s Asia Law Network and Legalese.
BurgieLaw cited plans to use the new funding for marketing purposes. It aims to manage more than 20 legal inquiries or appointment per day and sign up 500 lawyers by end 2017.
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