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Startups are usually are very price-conscious so the idea of getting quotes for the job from Lexoo helps so that when you call a lawyer, they will be able to talk to you over the phone and the quote won’t be, "Well I charge £400 per hour”; “How many hours it will take?”; “Well it depends." Then you've got this huge commitment, it's like a blank cheque or it feels that way. Lexoo gives a very good estimate of how much it's going to cost.
Evgeny

Who are Makers Academy?

We are a coding bootcamp in London. We help complete beginners to get to a professional Junior Software Developer level and then place them into their first job as a software developer. We've been doing it for the past three years and have graduated hundreds of students. As part of what we do, we need legal services and that's why I have been in touch with Lexoo a few times over the last year.

The Problem

For me the biggest challenge is finding a lawyer who I can trust and who I know has the relevant expertise in this area.

The problem is that I'm not a lawyer myself so I don't really understand how it works. When I talk to lawyers, often I don't really understand what they are trying to say. It doesn't make sense. Sometimes I would speak to different companies and they would give me the quotes that would be so different and I would have no idea why.

The value of Lexoo comes in the additional independent advice on top of the quotes.

How Lexoo Helped

Lexoo tells you, "Hey, here is the list of lawyers that we know are good at this stuff. These are their quotes and here is why we think these ones are going to charge £3,000 and another wants to charge £10,000." This really, really helps.

Lexoo helps startups for two reasons. First, startups are usually are very price-conscious so the idea of getting quotes for the job from Lexoo helps so that when you call a lawyer, they will be able to talk to you over the phone and the quote won’t be, "Well I charge £400 per hour”; “How many hours it will take?”; “Well it depends." Then you've got this huge commitment, it's like a blank cheque or it feels that way. Lexoo gives a very good estimate of how much it's going to cost.

The second thing that works well for startups is that founders often have little experience of dealing with lawyers in general. In a large company, you can probably go to the legal department and say, "Hey, I need to talk to a specialist lawyer." They would say, "Okay, I've got three names off the top of my head and they have a relationship with our firm." Then you don't have a problem and you don't worry as much about the cost. In a small company, when you need someone with specific descriptions, Lexoo really helps.

Solution

Recently, Lexoo really helped when I had a document with a very tight deadline. I needed legal advice within 24 hours and my existing lawyers didn't specialize in that very, very specific area.

I got in touch with Lexoo and not only did they find me a person to solve it but they gave exactly the advice I was looking for and had the expertise to do it. They also did it very quickly. I got in touch with them on Monday evening and on Tuesday afternoon, I was talking on the phone to the right person who helped me. It was really, really fast and really, really helpful.

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