Legal crowdfunding platform CrowdJustice snags $2m seed investment
Platform that mounted the 'People's Challenge' to Brexit in the Supreme Court will use funding to expand in the US
CrowdJustice, a platform that allows users to fund legal action, has raised $2m in funding led by First Round Capital and Venrock, with participation from Bessemer and Kindred Capital.
Founded by ex-United Nations lawyer Julia Salasky in 2015, the London-based company enables individuals, groups and communities to come together and fund legal cases that would otherwise find it difficult to access financial support.
The platform’s aim is to democratise the legal system, allowing people to use the law for social change. It claims to have raised $3m in legal costs to date.
CrowdJustice has already been utilised in support of some very high profile cases including the ‘People’s Challenge’ in the Supreme Court, which ruled that parliament had a say over the triggering of Article 50; and is currently involved in a case against the government’s disability benefits cuts.
Currently employing 14 people across New York and London, the funding will be used to fuel CrowdJustice’s US expansion. Salasky relocated to New York at the end of last year to spearhead US operations, where the platform has already mounted a challenge to Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
Salasky commented: “It’s never been a more important time to ensure that the law can be used by anyone, large or small, to defend and protect rights, or hold the government to account.
“At CrowdJustice our goal is simple – revolutionise how legal cases are organised and funded, level the playing field and democratise access to justice. Whether that’s a David bringing a case against a Goliath, or a non-profit holding the government to account, we want to give people access to the law.”