Great question. The acronym stands for "alternative legal service providers" - effectively, a catch-all term for service providers in the legal sector who are not law firms, nor pure legal tech players. Inevitably, a category defined by what it's "not" is itself not ideal... but the legal sector has yet to alight on an accepted alternative term. Hence, we went for "(A)LSP" - a global market of $14bn according to some estimates is hardly alternative! Here's a good article by Claire Rason if you'd like to do further reading.
Companies do not pay (and have not paid) to appear on the Circuit Board. As this is the beta version, we only have five companies per category. However we are looking to build a full map which is more representative of the ecosystem. Any future sponsorship of the Circuit Board will not influence editorial decisions, which are Crafty Counsel's only. If you'd like to be included on the (A)LSP Circuit Board then please fill out this form to nominate your company.(Please note that nominating a company does not ensure it's inclusion on the final Circuit Board)
Yes! We are looking for a small number of launch partners for the full Circuit Board launching later this year. The partnership package includes participation in video content, events, and other content around ALSPs in the coming months, as well as prominent display of your logo. If you'd like to discuss this opportunity further, then reach out to our Business Development Manager on email@example.comAny future sponsorship of the Circuit Board will not influence editorial decisions, which are Crafty Counsel's only.
We agree! This is something which we are working on for the full launch of the (A)LSP Circuit Board in autumn.If you are interested in contributing to content then please fill out this form here.
Currently in beta, the (A)LSP Circuit Board is not reflective of the full landscape of ALSPs. We limited it to five companies per category to give an overview of what to expect. We are currently working towards a more representative map ahead of the full launch in autumn. If you're missing from the (A)LSP Circuit Board then you can fill out this form to nominate your company. (Please note that nominating a company does not ensure it's inclusion on the final map)
Simply fill out the nomination form here and choose as many categories as think are relevant for your company!(Please note that nominating a company does not ensure it's inclusion on the final map)
We know that people in this sector have strong feelings about terminology, and we debated the name - are they New Law? Are they Law Companies (hello, Elevate Services)? We even polled our community, but there was no consensus. Ultimately, we’re sticking with the label that is most familiar to most people - with the ‘(A)’ a nod to the fact that this sector is increasingly mainstream.
We would absolutely love to hear any thoughts and feedback you have for us! Please fill our feedback form here.
If you'd like to get involved with the (A)LSP Circuit Board then there are a few ways to do this!
At the beginning of 2021, we ran several meet-ups for the Crafty Counsel community on the subject of ALSPs, and were struck by how many people working within in-house legal felt that they didn’t know where to start. They knew that there should be a category of support which was not a law firm, new internal legal hire, or pure tech solution - but what was it? They knew that their legal team was not meeting its potential, but why, and what were the options to help? We assumed that there would be plenty of information for buyers out there. However most of the guides we could find were either aimed more at ALSP sector insiders, or at customers with a very high pre-existing level of knowledge. So, we built this Circuit Board to help connect the components and illustrate what the options are, in a simple and visual way.
We are currently busy working away towards a 'full launch' of the (A)LSP Circuit Board in autumn. The launch date is TBC. What can you expect from the full launch?
Unfortunately, nominating an ALSP does not guarentee that they will be included on the Circuit Board. We are taking an editorial approach to review all nominations, and provide the most accurate mapping of the landscape as possible.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this! Please fill our feedback form here and let us know of which category we've missed. (Please note that nominating a company does not ensure it's inclusion on the final map)
We are really keen to get the input of the wider legal community so that we can achieve our objective of providing corporate clients in the UK with a one-stop overview of how they might creatively solve their legal problems. Over time we anticipate making our coverage more global as well.
The (A)LSP Circuit Board was created by the Crafty Counsel team in collaboration with Jamie Fraser of NineNineSix Solutions (formerly Director of Legal Operations & Innovation at Smiths Group) and creative duo Nick Steer of Owen & Steer and Tom Piggott of Drummit. Crafty Counsel is a digital legal media company bringing joy, insight, and connection to legal professionals, via content, community and resources.
Currently in beta, the (A)LSP Circuit Board is not reflective of the full landscape of ALSPs. We limited it to five companies per category to give an overview of what to expect. We are currently working towards a more representative map ahead of the full launch in autumn which will not have a limit on companies.
Yes! You can download a copy of the Circuit Board here.