What is Belaws?
Belaws is the first of its kind legal tech platform disrupting the international law firms models to increase value for both clients and lawyers.
We have a pool of expert lawyers per practices and per countries who are able to collaborate together on cross borders matters.
We use digital technologies to improve the delivery of legal services, reduce frictions and keep our business model lean.
Clients enjoy top quality legal services at a reasonable price while lawyers improve their efficiency, it is a win-win.
How does it work?
Who are Belaws experts?
Our experts have worked with major firms such as:
Your legal department in your pocket
Belaws helps entrepreneurs and companies stay on top of all their legal matters with a smart legal dashboard. Exit confusing email threads with multiple recipients in copy, interactions between you/your company(ies) representatives, and your lawyers are all made through Belaws chat system, which saves and organizes under each matter the associated documents. The corporate section of the dashboard allows users to access all their company’s information and empowers users to easily execute changes with the help of Belaws expert lawyers and corporate secretary specialists. Belaws is available through your web browser on all devices (desktop, tablet & mobile).
Corporate secretary and accounting routine work is handled through Belaws corporate dashboard. Registering a new company, changing its directors, or transferring shares can be done in a few clicks at a pre-fixed price.
Your international legal department available 24h/7
For each jurisdiction, a pool of expert lawyers is directly available to you and, for all your legal entities, your corporate and accounting information is at your fingertips. Both value-added work and routine work are efficiently delivered to you in one single place.For complex legal matters involving multiple lawyers (and sometimes multiple jurisdictions), you can appoint one lawyer as main coordinator to facilitate execution and delivery of an entire international and/or cross-practice scope of work.
Written communication with lawyers is centralized on Belaws on each Job matter page for maximum efficiency. When relevant, calls, virtual and physical meetings are encouraged to ensure efficient lawyer-client communication.
If your companies operate with in-house lawyers and/or identified lawyers in specific jurisdictions whom you want to keep working with, Belaws can provide them custom onboarding on the platform while ensuring friction-less work continuity.With Belaws, you reduce the cost of legal and routine corporate secretary work while saving time and getting clarity: the platform lets you oversee your entire organization at a glance from the legal perspective and keep it all tidy. No more confusing or lost information. If you need help transitioning your organization to Belaws, please reach out, our support team will happily assist you.
How does Belaws compare with traditional law firm?*
|Belaws||Traditional law firm|
|Legal fees structure||Milestone payments fixed upfront
by lawyers. No hidden fees
|Hourly rate, cap fees with
deposits and extras
|Invoicing system||Integrated on Belaws platform||Back-and-forth emails|
|Online services||Smart dashboard to manage legal
and corporate secretary matters
|None or limited to datarooms or
|Lawyers selection & retention||Pre-vetted lawyers with business
acumen independent from Belaws
|Lawyers employees on payroll
with risk of performance turnover
|Lawyers expertise||All lawyers are local experts
with 5+ years practice exp.
|Expertise may vary per country and
per practice employees exp
|Cost for international matters||No additional cost||Each office marks up its fees|
|Partner markup per matter||0%||≈ up to 80%|
|Business model||Fixed platform fees for each
transaction on top of lawyers fees
|Maximizing the ROI per lawyer
≈ up to 300% per lawyer
*Based on the most expensive traditional law firms, worldwide.
Our clients save on average 40% compared to traditional international law firms.
How does the quoting/invoicing process work?
First contact & evaluation of Client needs by Lawyer
Partner consults with colleagues
Lawyer sends complicated quotation with hourly rate
Back-and-forth email and phone negotiations with Client
Client accepts a revised quotation
Lawyer prepares an Engagement Letter
Client signs & pays a deposit
Accountant notifies lawyer when payment is received
Lawyer starts working, counts billable hours and adjusts
Client gets invoices, disputes amounts, delays payment
Back-and-forths until payment is settled
Client makes a detailed request (practice & country)
Expert lawyers are notified and engage with Client
Lawyers submit milestones quotations to Client
Client accepts a quotation and signs an electronic EL
Client selects their billing entity and makes payments through Belaws at the start of each milestone
Lawyer is notified and starts/continues to work
Negotiation time, often originating from clients fears of paying too much or not paying the “right” price, arguments about payment due dates together with the risk for lawyers of not getting paid at all(if they don’t follow up multiple times or if the client is located in a foreign jurisdiction) incur heavy indirect costs causing increases in the pricing at traditional law firms.
At Belaws, we have eliminated these costs by having our lawyers use milestones to set competitive and transparent prices in advance and by requesting clients to pay upfront for each milestone.
Belaws cost-reducing integrated invoicing system is a winning process because:
● Belaws lawyers work on their matters by themselves as independent experienced experts, so they are best-positioned to estimate the time they need to perform a stated scope of work.
● Belaws optimizes and automates time-consuming lawyers administrative tasks including (a) edition, submission and signature of quotes and engagement letters, (b) extra milestone payment requests, and (c) overall management of matter documents, invoices, payments and tax receipts.
● In order to build great working relationships and secure repeat business, it is in Belaws lawyers best interests to offer quotes which accurately represent the value of their time and expertise spent on a matter. Belaws lawyers do not have to account for new business structural/administrative costs: they have direct access to clients requests and get hired and paid on the platform in just a few clicks.
How can your organisation benefit from Belaws?
Belaws connect entrepreneurs and corporations with the pre-vetted legal and corporate secretary resources they need in the markets where they operate. Users access a dashboard to manage their legal matters and company information (entity by entity, country by country), allowing them to create their own digital legal department. Contact us for a demonstration.