Lightfoots LLP is set to become the first UK legal firm to launch a digital ‘facial recognition’ ID verification service for clients through a bespoke app.
Launching in July 2020 the free service will be used for conveyancing and other transactions where a formal ID verification is required.
The app and supporting process software has been delivered by Nivo, a fintech solutions provider which has established relationships with many major participants in the specialist lending sector.
The new ID verification process takes around 90 seconds to complete and can be carried out wherever the client has their smart phone or tablet.
Joe Middleton (pictured), managing partner of Lightfoots LLP, said: “The legal profession isn’t best known for being digital trailblazers, but at Lightfoots we’re keen to embrace technology which can make our clients’ journeys through transactions quicker and easier and not restricted to our office hours.
“Lenders and brokers are investing considerable time and money in developing slick digital processes for their customers and it’s important that when it comes to the legal sector’s input, we’re equally switched on.
“I am delighted that this partnership with Nivo has delivered a UK first for Lightfoots in the legal sector and will serve as the springboard for further enhancements in the future.
“Digitising processes like this will increase our efficiency and ensure we continue to provide an outstanding, value for money service to our customers.”
Polly Taylor-Pullen, business development at Nivo, added: “We love working with companies like Lightfoots who demonstrate a real desire to embrace innovation and we’re proud to have helped them achieve this ‘legal first’.
“Our solution has been shown to speed up deals, improve customer experience and reduce fraud, all while removing the friction involved in delivering regulated products.”