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Trowers & Hamlins has recently completed its latest legal hackathon in partnership with BRYTER. This latest hackathon tasked summer vacation scheme students with designing a new app using BRYTER's no-code automation platform.

This is the third consecutive year the firm has hosted a hackathon with BRYTER. The platform enables students to quickly create functional apps, turning their ideas into client solutions with automated legal workflows. 

Gagandeep Dadial, Innovation & Legal Technology Product Manager at Trowers commented:

"Legal technology is transforming the delivery of legal work. Aptitude for development of client solutions is something we value in our lawyers at all levels."

The Challenge

During the legal hackathon, organised by the Innovation and Legal Technology team at Trowers, the students designed and built no-code solutions to deliver tailored and efficient services to clients. The 20 vacation scheme students in each cohort were split into teams of four and were tasked to design and build a digital solution using BRYTER for a use case assigned to their group. Supported by the Trowers Innovation and BRYTER teams, they were given only 90 minutes to design and build their application.    

Judging process 

Each group presented their solutions to the judging panel which consisted of Trowers & Hamlins experts, Matthew Holbrook, Partner in the Real Estate team, Sam Haines-Nutt, Head of Bids, Janet Scoones, Director of Information and Knowledge Management, Ivy Acorda, Partner in the Projects and Construction team and Daniel Fletcher, Senior Business Development Manager in the Marketing team.

The solutions were evaluated based on the quality of the build and the end product, whether the case solves a business need, the quality of the presentation and the commerciality of the newly created app.

Winning solutions

There was a winning solution from each cohort of vacation scheme candidates. The winning teams designed the following solutions: 

Scheme 1 - A 'Tenant Rights' application for tenants to report property-related issues to their landlords. The app's key features included the ability for tenants to provide the complaint letter and supporting evidence to the Landlord via automated workflows and provided them with access to useful resources to help guide them through the grievance process. The solution assists tenants by providing clarity on their legal rights and by providing an efficient method to report their concerns related to the property.

Scheme 2 – A 'Flight compensation' application that helps people who have been affected by delayed and cancelled flights. This interactive app provides information on possible compensation and generates a claim letter for passengers that can be sent to airlines to make a claim.

These hackathons provided an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their creative thinking skills and teamwork. For students who are new to the business of law, the hackathon also encouraged them to think about how they would create solutions for clients and deliver value efficiently.

Congratulations to all participants.

Gagandeep Dadial

Innovation & Legal Technology Product Manager


Gagandeep Dadial

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