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The legal tech start up, which was launched in March this year, is one of the few active ones in South East Asia alongside other legal tech like Asia Law Network in Singapore and Dragon Law in Hong Kong.
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The idea to start a similar platform in Malaysia came from the founder, Louis Gan when he realized the difficulties of getting in touch with lawyers in Malaysia:
“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. The lawyer you appoint must be someone you are comfortable with. Even the legal firm’s website does not carry the information I want to know. Ie, language a lawyer speaks, years of practice, areas of practice, hourly rates.” - Louis Gan, founder of Burgielaw
How the service works is simple. When visiting the website (burgielaw.com), one can easily fill up a simple form and book a lawyer in just 3 simple steps. In fact, users can book a 15 minutes legal consult for just RM99 (SGD 31.63), which could potentially save them lots of time with the hourly billing rates that traditional charge them by.
To date, Burgielaw has over 150 lawyers on their platform and aims to scale their service throughout Malaysia by end of next year. With the new round of funding, BurgieLaw targets to manage more than 20 legal enquiries / appointment a day and sign up 500 lawyers by end 2017.
At this moment, it is managing about 20 enquiries and appointments within a week with a number of 150 registered lawyers. All these registered lawyers hold a valid practicing certificate and the number of lawyers signing up are encouraging making it the legal tech with most signed up lawyers in Malaysia thus far after its launch in March 2016.
When interviewing Andrew Tan, managing partner of TinkBig Ventures, he mentioned that hopes by bringing in BurgieLaw as one of their portfolio companies, the team can come up with some more economical methods to assist start-ups to allow them to start off from the right footing.
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