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In 2016, Family Law Partners, together with The University of Brighton, secured funding of £144,794 from the Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. Five years later, in October 2021, we were winners of the Business Impact Award at the Innovate UK KTP Awards for this innovative partnership, the details of which are below.
In 2016, Family Law Partners, together with The University of Brighton, secured funding of £144,794 from the Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
The funding takes the form of a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership, utilising the University’s knowledge engineering and artificial intelligence expertise to develop a triage style system to underpin a novel model of family law provision.
Defined on the University of Brighton’s website, The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme is a national government scheme helping businesses access academic expertise to improve their productivity and competitiveness.
A KTP creates a three-way partnership between a company, a graduate and the university, enabling organisations to access knowledge, technology and skills, which can transform business performance.
The company, graduate and university benefit from the collaboration, gaining business growth, invaluable experience and academic recognition respectively.
Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. For further information visit www.innovateuk.gov.uk
The project is led by Dr John Kingston and supported by Professor Miltos Petridis, both from the University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. As part of the two-year project, we have a programmer, Sam, who is embedded in our family law team but also has support from the University to help him drive the project forward.
By partnering with the University, we are able to have the benefit of the extensive knowledge and experience that they are able to offer in this area. By being based in our office and immersed in our family law culture we are able to have daily conversations with Sam about the project, the direction it is going and what information and resources he needs to move it forwards. Sam sees first-hand the challenges we have as family lawyers and the desire we have to better service our clients needs through new technology. Regular check-ins with the academic supervisors and KTP support team help keep the project on track and ensure everyone is getting the most out of the partnership.
Keep up to date with key insight and milestones from the KTP here.