ES Disrupt: Eversheds Sutherland (International) launches new tech startup product

Eversheds Sutherland (International) has announced the launch of an innovation-led tech startup product, ‘Eversheds Sutherland Disrupt’ (ES Disrupt).

Unique in the market, ES Disrupt is a web-based bespoke legal service for startups and scaleups. Such businesses have varied and sometimes complex legal requirements but they rarely have ready access to appropriate, tailored legal advice. Through ES Disrupt, startups can ensure their business is legally protected as it scales.

Modelled on the ‘one-stop-shop’ approach, ES Disrupt offers a suite of legal documents which can be tailored to meet individual startups’ requirements. Everything from funding and company formations, to hiring, corporate compliance and trading contracts can be requested via the ES Disrupt website.

ES Disrupt is the brainchild of trainee Jocey Nelson. Prior to starting her training contract with Eversheds Sutherland, Jocey worked for a tech incubator and experienced first-hand how receiving no or inadequate legal advice can materially impact the chance of success for a startup. ES Disrupt was her proposed solution, and was the winning entry in the firm’s ‘CEO Innovation Challenge’ in 2016.

The firm’s TMT group has considerable experience supporting the tech and startup community, and this in-depth understanding of their legal needs has shaped and informed ES Disrupt.  A startup for startups, ES Disrupt was wholly funded and developed by Eversheds Sutherland.

Lee Ranson, Chief Executive Officer, Eversheds Sutherland (International), comments:

“Cultivating innovation and keeping it at the heart of our business has long been part of our strategy. We encourage everyone to think of innovation as a core part of their role, as Jocey has clearly demonstrated by having a great idea and the drive to make it happen. Congratulations to Jocey and all the team who have brought ES Disrupt to market.”

Charlotte Walker-Osborn, Partner and Head of the TMT sector, Eversheds Sutherland (International), comments:

“We are passionate about the work we do with the tech startup and scale up communities, actively immersing ourselves to ensure we really are providing our clients with the right level of support for them to succeed and to have tailored and easy to use documentation.

“The team has, over many years, enjoyed supporting and mentoring startups and scaleups at all stages, working closely with investors and providing in-depth legal support and advice from both the customer and supplier perspective. By purposefully pooling that knowledge and experience, we have created our own tech and early stage ecosystem, and from there, the perfect platform for ES Disrupt.

“Now, thanks to the backing and investment by the firm, Jocey and the team have been able to create a tangible solution that will give startup and early stage clients a much more stable basis from which to operate and grow.”

Jocey Nelson, adds:

“Having the opportunity to be part of such a unique journey has been a fantastic experience. The hard work has been worth it and the support from the firm, incredible. We enjoy a culture that cultivates an environment in which you’re actively encouraged to think outside the box and ES Disrupt epitomises exactly that. I’m very much looking forward to continuing this journey by supporting our clients through the use of this exciting new product.”

Earlier this year, Eversheds Sutherland was named winner of ‘Innovation in Legal Expertise’ at the prestigious FT Innovative Lawyers Awards. The firm is ranked number eight in the FT50, the list of the most innovative law firms in Europe.

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