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Linklaters rolls out verification platform across London and Hong Kong SAR offices

Linklaters is rolling out Atticus, a web-based platform that streamlines the verification of public-facing documents across its London and Hong Kong offices.

Atticus creates a workflow in which users upload supporting documents to verify each statement, automating the process and generating verification reports. In addition, Atticus gives all relevant parties on a transaction access to the platform, enabling full real-time collaboration for all those involved.

Extensive user testing took place with the firm’s Practice Innovation & Efficiency teams and other lawyers in London and Hong Kong, led by the firm’s specialist Innovation Lawyers Greg Baker and Hannah Atkinson.

It is the first major project delivered by Linklaters’ Emerging LegalTech team (which forms part of the Innovation offering at the firm) in collaboration with its technology function. 

Greg Baker, innovation lawyer at Linklaters, said: “Atticus has transformed the verification process in our equities practice. Already, we are seeing significant efficiencies with positive feedback from clients. It is the latest example of how the firm is investing in technology to add value in how we deliver legal advice for clients and alleviating the pain points for our teams.”

Atticus was founded by Mitchell Brunton, and brothers, Saul and Misha Wakerman in 2017. Saul is an ex-lawyer who worked on various M&A transactions and became frustrated with the standard process for verification. Misha and Mitchell are programmers who, after previously working together at Silicon Valley-based Palantir Technologies, teamed up with Saul to develop the software.