Autto wants to rev legal sector by automating rote tasks

UK startup with legal roots has a SaaS platform for removing dull human inputs from workflows

The legal sector has always tended to be viewed as a niche by IT vendors. Not quite large enough to justify the attention of the Oracles, SAPs and Microsofts, it has often been regarded as an anachronistic backwater. That has left a gap for specialists though and UK startup Autto wants to bridge it.

Autto is an easy-to-use platform for small and medium-sized businesses (typically in the 10-250 staff category) that's been built to make it easy to automate everyday processes and workflows, without the need for coding knowledge or specialist training. The London-based company is at the very start of its journey with just six people and funding buffeted by grants from the EU and Innovate UK, but it aspires to remove the drudge work that hogs time in legal offices.

"Autto is designed to take day-to-day, repetitive workflows and automate them as much as possible to save time and money, and free people up," says Ian Gosling, Autto co-founder and CEO.

The company has roots in the law and co-founder Max Cole remains a practising barrister but Gosling prefers the term "legal-ish" to describe the company's focus and says that Autto is intended mostly for legal workers and even those outside the sector, office automation being a horizontal need.

"It's not just for lawyers but for anything where there is repetitive paperwork and a need for audit trails," says Gosling. So sales contracts, companies that fall under the Financial Conduct Authority and others would be applicable. "It's for workflows that are unique," he adds. "They can't find standardised software for this; it just doesn't exist."

Autto uses a GUI with a no-code, building-block approach that Gosling compares to Lego bricks and calls "micro-automation". "If you can use Google Forms, you can use this," he says.

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