L R James Smith, Dave Bancroft And Jamie Megson (1)

A Huddersfield start-up law firm has launched facial recognition and document verification technology to help maintain social distancing as it begins to resume transactions following lockdown.

Holden Smith, based in Denby Dale, has introduced identity a document verification via an app that clients can download to their smartphone or tablet.

Holden Smith co-founder, David Bancroft, explained:

“For us, tech plays a leading role in making transactions as efficient and hassle-free as possible for our clients.

“Everyone knows how frustrating and archaic it is having to pop into the solicitor’s, go to the bank or see their accountant just to provide proof of ID or get a copy of a document verified to move things forward. Now, in most cases, our clients don’t need to do any of that.”

He continued:

“In addition, launching this technology now means we’re able to maintain social distancing as we begin to resume client transactions, by minimising the number of people in our office at any one time and preventing unnecessary visits.”

Co-founder, James Smith, added:

 “We founded Holden Smith to create a law firm using the latest tech to create a much better experience for clients by speeding up transactions and giving them quick and easy access to their matter.

“There was a much-needed shift towards placing instant communication with the client at the centre of every transaction, something which hasn’t always been the case in the industry and in our collective experience.

“Introducing this technology is the latest in a roadmap of developments we’ve got planned for the business over the coming months.

Holden Smith was founded in 2019 by Bancroft, Smith and third business partner, Jamie Megson.

Since launch, the firm has grown from three to 20 employees and opened a second office in the Crossgates area of Leeds.

Smith is President of The Huddersfield and Dewsbury Incorporated Law Society and specialises in commercial and residential property, with clients including developers, buy-to-let portfolio investors, landlords and housing associations.

Bancroft previously managed a team of 45 people as Head of Residential Property at a Leeds-based firm. He has over 16 years’ experience in the residential sector and works with a portfolio of high-net-worth individuals.

Megson has 13 years’ experience in financial services, previously working as an independent financial adviser, now specialising as a mortgage broker.

Kate Buckle
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