Founded by Bola Olonisakin, Funkola Odeleye and Odunoluwa Longe, DIY Law is a Nigerian legal company that uses technology to create access to legal services in Nigeria.
The start-up recently took home the Innovating Justice Award for the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge organised by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).
The Innovating Justice Awards is an annual ceremony that takes place during the Innovating Justice Forum, an international event organised by HiiL. The event supports innovative approaches to justice around the world and strengthens new initiatives that empower start-ups and SMEs. Olonisakin, Odeleye and Longe walked away with $40 000 in prize money.
DIY Law is currently in its public beta stage and it currently allows users to purchase registration packages online. Other products to be launched in the coming months include a portal to access legal documents and a resource platform. Users will be able to hire lawyers and receive legal advice from a lawyer by choosing one from the company’s extensive database of lawyers.
“We just noticed that there are certain basic things clients could easily do without having to consult a lawyer if there was an automated service and we decided to toy with the idea,” said Odeleye in an interview with Ventures Africa.