How LawBasket became a thing!
At LawBasket, we believe in liberating justice.
In 2017, we spoke to 1000 small business owners and asked them to tell us about a time they really needed legal services but could not get them. 719 of these small business owners shared stories of a time they really needed legal services but could not afford legal fees, especially due to the unforeseen nature of legal problems they faced. One former pizza shop owner told us how he ran losses for 4 months straight, when he had to pay legal fees to defend his business from an accident damages claim that arose from a collision of his delivery truck with another business. These conversations made us realise that the current system of paying lawyers was broken and unsuitable for small businesses with fine profit margins. We felt it was time to reinvent legal services delivery by bringing certainty, convenience and comfort to small businesses that they would get legal help when they need it most. As we set out on this journey, we told ourselves that we would have succeeded if we manage to make legal services cheaper and easier to access for all small businesses across the world.
LawBasket works with insurance companies around the world to integrate existing short term/general insurance (e.g motor vehicle, medical or property) with legal protection insurance. When a small business that has integrated legal protection insurance to existing insurance needs legal help, they can simply visit LawBasket, an intuitive platform with a huge database of lawyers and the jurisdictions they are registered. On LawBasket, small businesses can quickly find experts in their area and across the world, allowing them to get legal help without having to separately pay for unforeseen legal expenses.
Here is who we are
LawBasket Proprietary Limited (SA) is legal tech startup that was established in 2018 on the back of massive success with a previous legal tech startup, Lexware Inc. The team includes Simba Mubvuma, Nyasha Makamba and Morton Mabumbo as co-founders. Simba is a lawyer and access to justice entrepreneur, who previously worked in private practice representing small businesses. Named by Forbes Africa as 30 under 30 in technology, Simba understands small business legal pain point and barriers to solve them, which he is passionate about resolving. Simba heads partnerships and growth at LawBasket. Nyasha has a degree in International Business, and has worked in key marketing roles in Zimbabwe and the UAE. He understands how to position a brand, drive in paying customers and how to measure impact. He heads marketing and customer acquisition and user experience. Morton has over 4 years' experience working in finance with a listed company in Zimbabwe, and is passionate about business model innovation to lower the cost of legal services, enabling legal services delivery at scale. Morton also understands how to build a sustainable business, having worked with Simba to build Lexware Inc. He heads Finance and Investments at LawBasket. The team also has experienced coder, Destiny Samkange, who brings in coding experience from previous roles in South Africa and heads Tech at LawBasket.