Legal tech startup Josef, which helps Community Legal Centres (CLCs), law firms and enterprises create bots to assist clients with legal problems, has raised more than $1 million in a seed funding round.\nThe firm, which launched in May last year, announced yesterday it had secured backing from Tiger Financial Group, Jelix and angel investor Ben Armstrong to further its mission \u201cto make all legal services more accessible\u201d.\nThe Josef platform enables lawyers to stand up legal bots that can automate conversations with clients, give advice and draft legal documents. The bots are created through an easy to use interface, meaning they can be built by users without any coding experience.\n\u201cWe decided to raise the funds to capitalise on a pretty stellar first year. We\u2019re continuing to build out the best, next generation automation platform. And bringing together an amazing team \u2013 we\u2019ve brought together some of the best people around from the corporate world, the legal world and the tech world \u2013 we think that\u2019s really key to making this a success,\u201d company co-founder and chief operating officer Sam Flynn told CIO Australia.\nThe Josef dashboard\nThe startup\u2019s first live chatbot \u2013Health Complaints Assist\u2013 went live in June, built by Polaris Lawyers in Melbourne. Since then more than 600 bots have been built on Josef, which have dealt with over 30,000 legal problems covering employment law, environmental law, startup law, health law, commercial law, bankruptcy and consumer law.\nClients include Future Super, the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) NSW, and Herbert Smith Freehills.\n \n\u201cWe\u2019re working a pilot chatbot with Josef as a solution to a range of important \u2013 relatively simple \u2013 but nevertheless time consuming high volume enquires our centre receives. The project with Josef is designed to free up our lawyers time to work on more complex disputes and legal problems,\u201d said EDO NSW chief executive David Morris.\n \n\u201cUltimately effective legal tech should allow us to deliver more for the community,\u201d Morris added.\n \nHerbert Smith Freehills partner Mike Gonski called the platform a \u2018game changer\u2019 for the sector.\n\u201cI believe that Josef are onto something big...my view on the future of law is that lawyers need to work out how to turn what they do every-day into processes. Josef is the first software I have seen where the lawyer is empowered to turn their process into a chatbot or an app rather than needing to pay a developer to do it for them,\u201d he said.\nJosef \u2013 part of tech accelerator Startmate\u2019s 2018 cohort \u2013 is also being used overseas by organisations in the US and Asia. Top-line revenue has grown over the last six months by 510 per cent.\nThe Josef team \n\u201cThe thing that makes it really exciting and also makes the long days easier is that we really believe in our mission. We\u2019re a for profit company working with these big law firms but our mission remains the same, making legal services more accessible no matter who you are,\u201d Flynn, who in 2016 created a web app to help Melbourne commuters calledmyki fines, said.\n\u201cIt\u2019s addressing a real problem in a real way, and that\u2019s what I find really cool and inspiring,\u201d he added.\nManaging director of investor Tiger Financial Group, Kara Frederick, noted the strength of Josef\u2019s team and usefulness of its product.\n"From fintech to legal tech, technology is disrupting the traditional professional services landscape globally,\u201d Frederick, a former partner of Westpac-backed venture capital firm Reinventure, said.\n\u201cJosef, led by a strong founding team, has built a leading software platform to enable law firms to focus on what they do best \u2013 advise \u2013 while Josef makes the client experience seamless, efficient and more cost effective," she added.