A Manchester-trained lawyer app that helps law firms communicate more effectively with their clients has raised an investment of £ 344,000.

Lauren Riley, who attended city law school, appeared in The Apprentice in 2014.

She founded The Link App in 2014 after working in a law firm and being frustrated with outdated work practices, including having to send sensitive documents via email and post.

It has now secured funding from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

The latest round of funding brings the total invested in the business to over £ 500,000.

The investment will allow Lauren to expand the team and add other functionality to the system, including the ability to provide clients with milestones to monitor the progress of their case and upload documents, including their exhibit. identity, directly from their mobile phone.

Left: Maurice Disasi, Lauren Riley, Ian Wilson

Lauren Riley said, “This latest round of investment will allow The Link App to expand our talented team and our innovative product.
“The support from Mercia and other experienced investors is a key recognition of our progress to date and we are all excited about the innovation on the horizon. “

The Link app provides businesses with a secure, paperless way to communicate with their customers through an app or web portal.

Lawyers can send updates and forms directly to the client’s smartphone, while the client can fill them out and submit signatures instantly using the mobile app. It also allows clients to keep abreast of the progress of their case while saving lawyers time.

The Link application can be used alone or integrated with existing case management systems.

Will Clark, Fund Manager at Mercia Fund Managers, which manages the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, added: “Lauren has found a way to apply emerging communications technologies to the legal industry to improve the flow of information with her clients.

“The Link app has been praised by top industry professionals. This funding will allow it to further develop the product and establish a solid foothold in the growing legal technology market. “