What is Wukla?
We all know that getting hold of good legal services in Pakistan is no easy task, and even when you do get a lawyer, you are always duped. A lawyer duo in Karachi is all set to change that. Altaf Qureshi and Sohaib Saleem are practising lawyers with a passion for technology, and have launched an online portal today that offers online legal solutions and advice, connects users to lawyers and delivers legal documents straight to your doorstep.
Although the duo started working on Wukla only recently, they had the idea of combining law and technology in an innovative and disruptive way for many years. Currently, they are incubated at The Nest i/o, P@SHA’s Tech Incubator.
What kind of Online Legal Services is Wukla offering?
Wukla at the moment is starting with two services which address the concerns of most people, especially startups:
- The first is access to lawyers, through Wukla’s “Ask a Wakil” feature. This will enable queries to be sent and referred to advocates with relevant experience and in closest proximity.
- The second is “Create Agreements” feature which allows users to obtain agreements created instantaneously through Wukla’s unique software and delivered to their doorstep on stamp paper ready to be signed.
Wukla currently offers a set of most commonly used agreements – Confidentiality Agreement, Tenancy Agreement, Employment Contracts, Car Sale Agreement, Power of Attorney, Partnership Agreement and Agency Agreement. Altaf and Sohaib are considering creating custom legal agreements as per the user’s requirements like automated document reviews, and a directory of lawyers which is searchable for areas of law near the user’s location.
This is what Sohaib has to say about his startup:
We have all been witnessing the growth of e-commerce and technology solutions in Pakistan. It is now no longer unusual for people to be ordering food, clothes, electronics and almost anything else online. So, we wondered why agreements, legal documents and other legal solutions couldn’t be as easily and conveniently delivered. Through this journey we came closer and closer to what our ultimate vision has become – to make law “easy” – easy in terms of the experience, easy in terms of the service, easy in terms of price and ultimately easy for all to access. A lot of the training lawyers receive is to see the risk, rather than opportunities. We see opportunities because law and technology together is incredible. At Wukla, we want to continuously innovate and find better ways to make law easy.”
Who’s the team behind Wukla?
Both Altaf and Sohaib have been entrepreneurs with decade of experience as practicing advocates catering to corporate clients, commercial transactions and dealing with financial matters, intellectual property and investments. They have done Masters in Law from Berkeley and Columbia. Collectively they have worked with leading law firms like Linklaters in London and big corporate institutions like K-Electric, PSO, Royal Bank of Scotland and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. So yes, they know what they are doing.