Legal Apps

The next Silicon Valley?

Three new apps launched by innovators of Toronto’s legal community
Three new apps launched by innovators of Toronto’s legal community

Think lawyers are slow to change? Well, not the ones behind these three new apps designed to make law better.

Miranda appMiranda

Mastermind: Sean Robichaud, criminal defence lawyer

In a nutshell: TripAdvisor for lawyers

Bells and whistles: A directory of legal professionals that users can search based on criteria like location, years of experience, expertise and price

How it makes money: Lawyers pay about $950 per year to be listed

Claim to fame: Robichaud is a co-founder of King Law Chambers (and a former Precedent magazine cover star)


Mastermind: Christien Levien, a first-year sole practitioner

In a nutshell: Free legal information for dealing with the police

Bells and whistles: The app guides users through an encounter with the police, informs them of their rights and records videos that are sent to their Dropbox

How it makes money: It doesn’t. Legalswipe is a free educational tool

Claim to fame: During launch week, it crashed from the flurry of downloads

StandIn appStandIn

Masterminds: Andrew Johnston, Osgoode Hall master’s student, and Peter Carayiannis, founder of Conduit Law

In a nutshell: Helps lawyers find colleagues to cover short-notice court appearances

Bells and whistles: GPS lets users contact lawyers close to specific courthouses, and those lawyers can charge whatever they like to make an appearance

How it makes money: $7.50 usage fees

Claim to fame: Brought to life in the Ryerson Digital Media Zone, a startup incubator

Cover of the Fall 2015 Issue of PrecedentThis story is from our Fall 2015 issue.