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ELTA expands Ambassador network in Latvia and UAE

Two new ambassadors were appointed in May 2021: With the nomination of Suzanna Kalendzhian for UAE and Elvīra Krēķe for Latvia, the European Legal Technology was able to further consolidate its Ambassador network.

“We are delighted that, with the nominations of Elvira and Suzanna, we have further support in achieving our mission of a diverse and transnational network of legal technology experts.,” says Holger Zscheyge, ELTA’s president.

Suzanna Kalendzhian is Co-founder and CEO of Legal Advice Middle East, the AI-powered legal services marketplace which operates in 16 countries across the region and helps people find, communicate and transact with lawyers online. A self-described “law rebel”, she works at the intersection of legal practice and legal technology helping both law firms and legal departments improve the delivery of legal services through the smart application of technology. Recently Suzanna also founded Attory.Courses – a Legal Tech E-learning platform for law students, legal professionals, and legal tech enthusiasts.

Elvīra Krēķe is the Latvian Country manager of an Estonian LegalTech startup, co-founder of the Legal Hackers Riga chapter and the founder of Legally, which initially was founded as a LegalTech startup, however, over time, Legally became a well-established legal services provider in matters of personal data protection by helping various large, medium-sized and small companies, especially startups and tech companies.

ELTA Ambassadors are a group of well-connected Legal Tech pioneers from all over Europe and beyond, who volunteer to act as “swinging doors” between their country or region and the international level of ELTA. In addition to the regional Ambassadors, the group also comprises Ambassadors representing sectors and interest groups in the legal market at a European level.

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Position of Ambassador for Spain filled again – Laura Fauqueur returns to the representative network of ELTA

Since April 2021, the position of national representative for Spain has been filled again: Laura Fauqueur returns to the position of Ambassador for Spain in the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA). Laura has been an ELTA member since the beginning and has already held the role for Spain in the founding years.

“We are very excited to work with Laura to further deepen our relationship with the Spanish legal tech community and to develop new ideas. She perfectly complements our existing network of ambassadors,” says Holger Zscheyge, President of ELTA.

Laura Fauqueur is a Director for the Masters in Legal Tech of the CEU Institute of Advanced Management (Madrid, Spain). Apart from giving lectures for this and other universities, she also works as a Legal Designer and Design Thinking facilitator, and as a consultant in innovation, digital transformation and marketing for the legal industry.

ELTA Ambassadors are a group of well-connected Legal Tech pioneers from all over Europe and beyond, who volunteer to act as “swinging doors” between their country or region and the international level of ELTA. In addition to the regional Ambassadors, the group also comprises Ambassadors representing sectors and interest groups in the legal market at a European level.

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Visit ELTA’s booth at 26th and 27th April at the high-level conference “For a People-centred e-Justice”

The conference “´For a people-centred e-Justice”, organized by the governing area of Justice, under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is an opportunity to reflect on the process of transition to digital justice, the opportunities that emerge and the different challenges that arise, and to guarantee the access of all citizens to justice, effective systems and a more modern justice in the XXI century.

The Conference will be a space for joint reflection on how the use of technologies and the design of services centred on the people can be the catalysts for a close, accessible, innovative Justice that monitors the socio-economic evolution of the countries.

This event  will take place on 26 and 27 April, in a virtual format, has the participation of 73 speakers, who with their knowledge and experience will enrich the reflection, the debate and the sharing of experiences on the issues of Justice and their impact on today’s society.

Don’t miss to visit ELTA’s booth to get more information on the Portuguese chapter and ELTA’s mission and vision.

The registration is free.

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Changes in ELTA’s Board and Ambassador Network

ELTA’s member from the very beginning, Orsolya Görgényi, is resigning from ELTA’s board. Orsolya has been active as ambassador for Hungary since the beginning and as a co-opted member of the Board since January 2020. In addition, the European Legal Technology was able to appoint further ambassadors, thus further expanding the European network.

After 5 years of actively shaping the association’s events, Orsolya Görgényi is resigning from the board and ambassadors’ network of the European Legal Technology Association for personal reasons. “We regret Orsolya Görgényi’s departure very much.”, says Holger Zscheyge, president of the Board of ELTA. “We thank her for the trustful cooperation, the constant advancement of our value preposition and her valuable expertise.”

Two new ambassadors were appointed in February 2021: With Christiana Aristidou for Cyprus and Elena Bortnovskaya for Belarus, ELTA was able to further consolidate its European network. Christiana Aristidou is a Business Technology Lawyer with over 23 years in practice, founder, and CEO of Christiana Aristidou LLC, a hybrid lawtech firm. Elena Bortnovskaya is Marketing and Innovation Manager at REVERA, a Minsk based law firm. “We are pleased to strengthen the diversity and expertise of our ambassador network with the newest additions and look forward to gaining insights into their national legal tech scenes,” says Tobias Heining who chairs ELTA’s ambassador network.

The board extends its heartfelt gratitude to leaving ambassador – María Jesús González-Espejo from Spain and Jānis Gavars from Latvia – for their work with ELTA. We would like to highlight our special thanks to María Jesús González-Espejo for her dedication and hard work for the past years as vice president and ambassador. The 2019 conference would not have been possible without her and the concept of the national chapters was her initiatives.

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European Legal Technology Association elects new president and board

On November 27, 2020, the members of the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) elected a new board, the governing body of ELTA.

The new board consists of Holger Zscheyge (Russia) as next President of ELTA, Helena Hallgarn (Sweden) and Jeroen Zweers (The Netherlands) as Vice Presidents, Grégoire Miot (France), as Treasurer, Marisa Monteiro (Portugal), as well as Orsolya Görgényi (Hungary) and former President Tobias Heining (Germany) as co-opted board members. In accordance with ELTA’s bylaws, members elect a new board biennially during a general members meeting.

The new board extends its heartfelt gratitude to leaving board members – María Jesús González-Espejo and Hariolf Wenzler – for their dedication and hard work for the past years as vice president and president / treasurer and to the outgoing president Tobias Heining, who rejoined the board, for his leadership and strategic vision. A special thanks goes to Julia Brünjes, General Secretary of ELTA, for her tireless work at keeping the back office a well-oiled machinery.

«The members have elected a well-balanced board that considers both experience and continuity, local, cultural and gender diversity, as well as the need for renewal. Our new board is ready to lead ELTA during the upcoming two years in its development to the next level», commented Holger Zscheyge the election results.

«Since its foundation in 2016, ELTA has come a long way from an “atom model” organization, with a dense “Germanic” nucleus surrounded by a couple of international electron networks. Today it has reached a stable molecular international structure, held together by the firm bonds of a “good chemistry” between all stakeholders. Quite an achievement for a peer-to-peer network and a volunteer-led association. ELTA now has reached a level of size and complexity that demands the organisation to gradually build a crystalline matrix-like structure and strengthen the organisation’s presence and position. I would like to congratulate Holger Zscheyge as new President, wishing him and the new board members all the best for taking ELTA to the next level looking very much forward to our collaboration», says former President Tobias Heining.

ELTA will continue to develop into the go-to authority for European legal technology and innovation for all stakeholders of the legal technology ecosystem and build a strong community of like-minded enthusiasts that strive to push the legal industry into the 21 century. Everyone is welcome to join the association in this effort.

Major initiatives for the next two years:

  • Phase 2 of the European Legal Tech Survey
  • ELTA Conference 2021 & 2022
  • Implementing a new platform to strengthen the exchange between members
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Decalogue for better justice system with LegalTech after the COVID-19

The justice system, like all public services, has been overtaken in all European countries by the pandemic. COVID-19 has caught most public administration entities insufficiently prepared to offer the services and demands required by citizens. The usual volume of litigation has increased exponentially and it is expected to continue doing so in the coming months as a result of unforeseen circumstances such as the paralysis of economic activities, the forced social isolation that has increased confrontation and the questioning by some citizens of decisions taken by public authorities, amongst many other reasons.

In view of these circumstances, in most European countries the authorities responsible for justice are announcing their intention to reform their systems in order to be able to face these new challenges, viewing digital transformation as a solution to achieve this.

With more than 400 professionals from more than 30 countries, the mission of the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) is to promote knowledge about Legal Tech and how to use it efficiently. This Decalogue aims to respond to this mission.

A working team led by María Jesús González-Espejo (Spain), Vice President of ELTA, and the following ambassadors of its network; Holger Zscheyge (Russia), Gregoire Miot (France) and Konstantinos Anagnostopoulos (Greece), have been responsible for its elaboration.

The Decalogue is mainly aimed at public officials in the administration of justice and parliamentarians, and its objective is to serve as a guide for designing future justice systems around citizens, and to deploy the most appropriate technologies to support modern and easy access to justice.

As a result of our reflections we are proposing a total of 10 guidelines, with a brief description and a concrete solution related to LegalTech to help make them effective. These are the 10 guidelines:

1. Justice with strategy

Reforming the justice system with long-term planning and a holistic vision, not with sporadic measures, based on the progressive achievement of small goals while involving all stakeholders in the design of the plan.

Proposed solutions: Creation of a record of successful LegalTech use-cases for a better justice system, which would serve as a model for justice leaders in charge of planning.

2. Justice with adequate funding and efficient expenditure

Justice systems must be provided with the necessary resources to achieve their digital goals and, at the same time, be wisely advised how to conduct efficient spending.

Proposed solutions: Creation of a European LegalTech record for justice and design of European programmes to promote the development of more made in Europe LegalTech.

3. Justice transformation or innovation in justice

Public operators should reflect on the desirability of automating existing systems or reviewing and redesigning them. It is crucial to avoid automatizing existing processes, which have already been proven to be inefficient, and instead try to redesign a new justice system to fit the requirements and needs of a digital society.

Proposed solutions: Use of methodologies such as Legal Design Thinking to review the existing systems and services and a set of regulatory sandboxes for the development and implementation of European LegalTech.

4. More and better open data for a better justice system 

More legal data should be open and accessible in order to allow intermediaries to develop more legal-related solutions.

Proposed solutions: Creation of a European register of legal datasets, that allows benchmarking on available datasets by category.

5. Transparency and citizen participation

Design and evaluate lawmaking transparently, with evidence, and with the support of citizens and other stakeholders. LegalTech can help achieve a more transparent and better justicesystem while encouraging an active citizen participation in policymaking, placing citizens in the centre of the legal system and justice administration.

Proposed solutions: Identify and offer European governments, from all levels, a set of procedures and tools to foster transparency and participation in law making.

6. Talented professionals for a better justice system  

It is of utmost importance to help legal professionals acquire the knowledge and skills they need in order to embrace and profit from justice innovation and to attract the right talent to work towards the goal of improving justice.

Proposed solutions:  Design policies to enforce the incorporation of technical studies into public law school’s curricula, as well as mandatory trainings for lawyers, design training programs for all the stakeholders and attract innovation and tech professionals into the positions responsible for reforming the justice system.

7  Non imposed virtuality as a rule and not as an exception

The citizen’s telematic relations with the justice administration system will be encouraged whenever possible but shall not be imposed in order to avoid creating a digital gap.

Proposed solutions: Introduce the obligation of making a “digital impact evaluation” in any project related to the administration of justice.

8. More simple and accessible justice  

The transformation should seek to simplify legal processes and the selected technology ought to offer a better experience to citizens.

Proposed solutions: Use of Legal Design thinking methodology to improve justice accessibility and limit the effects of legalese and, more specifically, tools such as citizens focus groups to tests new devices or procedures.

9. Citizens’ digital rights guaranteed 

Citizens must understand their digital rights and be able to exercise them. LegalTech should help achieve these goals.

Proposed solutions: Design programs to train citizens on such matters and promote the use of LegalTech that is always respectful of citizens’ rights.

10. Technology based alternative dispute resolution (ADR) & online dispute resolution (ODR) should be prioritised as solutions to improve justice problems 

Technology based alternative dispute resolution systems have the potential to solve conflicts in an easier, faster and less expensive way.

Proposed solutions: Identify the areas of justice where ADR and ODR could help to improve justice, modernize the regulatory framework and provide to all stakeholders of the justice ecosystem the appropriate LegalTech tools and platforms.

If you wish to know more about ELTA’s Decalogue  please contact:

English: María via email or Linkedin
French: Greg via email or Linkedin
German: Holger via email or Linkedin
Greek: Konstantinos via email or Linkedin
Russian: Holger via email or Linkedin
Spanish: María via email or Linkedin



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ELTA contributes to latest study of ECLA “Legal Departments in a Digital Era”

Legal Departments In a Digital Era: a pan-European study on building the modern, digitised legal department, is a joint effort by European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA) and Wolters Kluwer to provide a detailed look into the digital status of corporate legal departments across Europe. It highlights the priorities of in-house teams in the digital realm and showcases, how far along the digital journey legal departments in Europe are.ELTA’s Board and Ambassadors contributed with their expertise to this study.

The study acts as the starting point for understanding how legal departments are adapting to the digital era and what type of legal technology is prioritised in-house.

Legal Departments in a Digital Era will include overviews on:
> Current digital priorities of corporate legal departments
> The digital strategies of in-house teams
> The organisation and budget for increasing the digital maturity
> Practical experience with legal technology
> Expert opinions on the subject matter

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Additionally, ECLA and Wolters Kluwer pubslished also a brief article on “Perspective on implications of COVID-19 on the legal sectors”. The short term impact of COVID-19 on people, businesses and markets applies across sectors and market segments, and requires a range of immediate actions, while positioning for the strongest possible future. Consequently, the legal sector, and with that – corporate legal departments – will be affected, too. The legal industry, and the legal function within many businesses, is at an early stage of transformation, as becomes apparent from the study ‘Legal Departments in a Digital Era’. Will the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses change this?

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The European Legal Tech Association (ELTA) renews its board of directors.

The European Legal Tech Association (ELTA) renewed its board of directors last week. Tobias Heining is ELTA’s new president. A founding member of ELTA, he is also Director of Business Development and Communications for CMS in Germany. Heining has extensive experience in the development of technology-based legal advisory products. From his point of view, “digitization will have a dominant footprint in the legal market, as it puts a focus on usability, accelerates commoditization, enables new ways of collaboration and allows scalability of legal services beyond human resources”. Therefore, his first objective will be to convince all people affected by this massive transformation to “think positively and become active designers of their own professional future”.

In its board of directors, Heining will be surrounded by professionals who are active in the fields of innovation and Legal Tech. One of its main supports will be María Jesús González-Espejo, co-founder of the Instituto de Innovación Legal and managing partner of Emprendelaw, expert in legal design thinking and promoter of innovative events such as the hackathon #HackTheJustice or the Legal Design Challenge. González-Espejo, who was already a member of ELTA’s previous board of directors, will assume a more proactive role in the design and development of the association’s activities. For her, “jurists are already aware that digital transformation must be among their priorities”, to which she added that “they also need to have a global vision, because technology may or may not come from abroad. Collective knowledge and diverse backgrounds are critical, and it is precisely something that ELTA affiliation will bring them.

Hariolf Wenzler, who has served as President since ELTA’s founding, becomes treasurer. He is the head of business development, marketing and communications of Baker Mckenzie’s EMEA+ offices and a member of the firm’s global innovation committee. He helped set up ReInvent Law, the first legal innovation hub in continental Europe.

Finally, Marie Bernard and Jeroen Zweers remain in the executive board. Bernard is the founder and managing director of Bleu de Prusse, a business transformation consultancy and Zweers is the innovation director of Kennedy Van der Laan, a Dutch law firm.

The new Board has set itself an agenda aimed at achieving the following objectives: to represent the Legal Tech industry interests at the European Union; to promote the solutions that Legal Tech can provide to lawyers, to create a professional network of people interested in its development and to contribute to the training of its members on the applications of
technology for the legal sector.

About ELTA: ELTA is made up of law firms, companies, legal technology providers, start-ups and individuals in Europe. The association considers itself as a specific platform for the promotion of knowledge about – and possible application of – technological and softwarebased solutions in the legal market, as well as their uses in companies, law firms, start-ups and other initiatives active in this field.

Contact us:

María Jesús González-Espejo

Tel. +34 650 78 15 92 – E-mail:

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