Legal industry collaboration platform Lupl has announced its formal launch today (2 November). The global release makes the platform available to the wider industry for the first time. Users from law firms and legal departments able to sign up for free through the newly launched website at www.lupl.com and iOS app.
Lupl, which was spun off as an independent company in 2019 after investment from CMS, Cooley and Rajah & Tann Asia, is a shared workspace that includes a native suite of communications, collaboration, document sharing, and legal project and knowledge management capabilities. It integrates with third-party tools, including Microsoft Teams, Slack, iManage, Net Documents, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, Google Drive, Zoom, DocuSign, and Litera compareDocs.
Lupl has been in early adopter mode since April, following the completion of a private beta test in 2020. Law firms, legal departments, and other legal organizations in more than 30 countries are already on-board with industry interest from across the globe continuing to grow.
Jeff Green, Lupl’s chief executive officer, said: “We’ve been counting down the days with great anticipation to make our collaboration platform more widely available, and to welcome more legal departments, law firms and other legal market participants to the international Lupl community.
“We’re grateful to our advisory board, customers and partners who have worked so closely with us during our beta and early adopter programs to bring us to this point.”
Lupl’s “bring your own system” design approach allows organizations to connect the platform with a range of tools and systems. While there are many in the industry who wonder if the need for Lupl has been supplanted by Microsoft Teams, users of Teams will be able to leverage Lupl’s functionality as a native Teams app.
Rima Reyes, principal program manager in the Teams Ecosystem at Microsoft, comments: “Lupl is continuing to digitally transform the international legal community. With the new Lupl app for Microsoft Teams, lawyers can easily bring all the moving parts of a legal matter – documents, status, scope, and tasks – together in one place.”
The rollout marks the kickoff of Lupl’s freemium offering, which will allow law firms and legal departments to use core features for free for an unlimited time. Paid offerings will start at $29 per user per month. Law firms can invite their clients to join matters for free; similarly, legal departments can invite outside counsel and non-legal department users to collaborate at no additional cost.
Adam Ruttenberg, Cooley partner and Chair of the firm’s technology committee, commented: “As a firm committed to superior quality, service and innovation, we believe that a platform like Lupl is what our lawyers need. Through beta testing and early adopter programs, we’ve seen how Lupl helps our lawyers and clients stay on the same page, providing enhanced communication, collaboration and document sharing and enabling our lawyers to act as a seamless extension of our clients’ teams.”
Lupl announced that it had raised $14m in funding in January and you can read more about that here: https://www.legaltechnology.com/2021/01/19/lupl-secures-14m-funding-and-new-ceo-as-it-prepares-for-2021-launch/