FAQ

Libryo

A legal register is a collection of legal requirements faced by an organisation, which are compiled according to its location, legal jurisdictions and operational activities. Read more here.

Libryos are automated legal registers that are genuinely useful. They are web-based, interactive and up-to-date. Each Libryo is tailored to a specific context or operation and includes only the regulations relevant to that operation, right down to the specific sections that must be complied with. For each applicable section of legislation, plain language summaries are included as well as the full legal text and a host of other features and benefits.

The Libryo Platform is the online platform where your company or organisation will access its different Libryos. There will usually be one Libryo for each operation where a unique set of regulatory requirements are faced. Libryo Ltd is the company who delivers the Libryo platform.

Unlike most legal register offerings on the market, the Libryo Platform is software-as-a-service (SaaS) with a dynamic data structure. This means that changes to legislation are quickly reflected in a Libryo and users can search by topic to get section-specific results across regulations. Traditional legal registers quickly become outdated and are cumbersome to use. The Libryo Platform can, in real time, for any precise topic, in any context and place, tell you exactly what applies to your organization, right down to a section level and in plain language. You can also easily link your operational risks to your legal risks. The Libryo Platform is able to offer this for any type of regulation, in any country, and is unique in its ability to service multinational enterprises.

Efficiency and accuracy. The Libryo Platform multiplies value to its customers by increasing efficiency and saving time in knowing the specific, up-to-date regulatory obligations faced, anytime. The Libryo Platform also enables applicable legal regulations to be known more accurately than through manual legal research (even if such research is performed by professionals like lawyers). This lowers the risk of liability for non-compliance. Customers have reported significant savings in legal compliance costs up to $200,000 per year, per region by using the Libryo Platform.

Kind of. Libryo is a niche specialist in the GRC software market and the only one with a strong focus on making legal regulations known and understood in a context-specific way. There are three parts to legal compliance: knowing, managing and assuring. Without knowing what regulation requires of your company you cannot put systems in place to manage compliance and you certainly cannot report against those requirements.

We have deliberately avoided automating many aspects of the Libryo Platform in order to improve the Libryo Platform in an iterative way. We believe in taking feedback from our customers seriously and we respond in an agile way to enhance the aspects of the Libryo Platform that are proven to work well. After all, if you automate things too soon you may just do the wrong thing more efficiently. Behind the Libryo Platform is a team of skilled legal librarians (we call them “Libryorians”) who work to deliver custom legal content through the Libryo Platform using Libryo Ltd’s unique legal data-structure. Libryorians also work with Libryo Ltd’s automation engineers to automate the parts of the Libryo Ltd process which can and should be automated. Machine learning is one of many technologies used to do this.

Yes. There are things that humans do better than machines and things that machines do better than humans. To the extent that humans are better at lawyering and legal research than machines, there will always be humans behind the Libryo Platform. Libryo Ltd currently works with legal experts for each of the jurisdictions and legal domains in which the Libryo Platform is used. Contact us if you are a lawyer, legal librarian, language specialist or legal student interested in scaling your legal interpretation expertise through the Libryo Platform.

Libryo for my business

Ignorance of the law is never an excuse if you break the law. And if you don’t know what the law requires of you, you cannot manage compliance with it. The law also changes all the time. A legal register that is kept up to date routinely is very helpful for an organization, of any size, and is the start-line of legal compliance.

Law differs materially from country to country, and nationally, as you cross internal borders such as states, provinces, cantons, departments, districts, municipalities and cities. If you are responsible for the legal compliance of a multi-national organization, this regulatory complexity is simply too much when relying on traditional legal libraries - even if they are digital in nature. This is because the legal provisions that apply uniquely to each operation in each location depends on the jurisdiction (which is comprised of national and sub-national law) as well as the specific operations of the company. Without the Libryo platform, this becomes a massive, expensive and never ending legal research project. The Libryo Platform provides the best overview of legal requirements faced at each operation or context. It allows you to drill down into each one, and compare the legal obligations and consequences of non-compliance at each operation, anywhere in the world, and all of this on a topic by topic basis.

Yes. Many ISO standards such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2015 and ISO 27001:2005, and other standards for management systems require the organisation to identify relevant legal and other requirements. If this is performed manually, it is a time-consuming, often inaccurate exercise which is out of date shortly after the project is completed. No customer of Libryo Ltd has ever failed an ISO management system certification or re-certification audit, on the grounds of the legal register. Customers benefit from the legal requirements identification and integration into their management systems being performed automatically.

Libryo is unique in its ability to link operational risk to legal requirements. The regulations in each Libryo are organised on a section specific and topic by topic basis. Because of this organisation, the previously impossible integration of risk items in risk assessments with the applicable legal requirements is now possible. If you use Microsoft Excel for your risk assessments, your risk assessments can be integrated with Libryo so that the legal obligations faced per operational risk never need to be updated again!

Once your company has signed up to benefit from being a Libryo Ltd customer, our customer success team will start the compilation process with you. This is the process of ensuring that the Libryo Platform understands each and every aspect of your business, on an operation by operation, or context by context basis. This determines which specific regulations apply at each operation or context. We call this customer context data. It is gathered by questionnaire. Once we have gathered this information from you, a Libryo (which includes a custom legal register) will be configured for each distinct operation and context in your organization.

Sure - please complete the form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Rule of thumb is about a week per place and context, once we receive the formal order.

Billing

The cost varies according to the complexity of operations as well as the number and type of jurisdiction a company operates in. Prices quoted include support, hosting and licensing of consolidated legislation.

Contracts are annual with the option to pay monthly or annually in advance. Libryo offers a discount for companies who pay in advance. Libryo supports payment by credit card, EFT or monthly debit order.

Contact accounts@libryo.com to make any changes to billing.

Technical

The Libryo Platform is a progressive web application, and hence, runs in the browser. We recommend Chrome and Firefox, with Safari and Microsoft Edge as alternative options. If used on a mobile phone or tablet, the Libryo app can be added to your home screen, and will act like a native mobile application.

Yes, the Libryo Platform has a RESTful API that some of our partners integrate with.

The Libryo platform is secured by HTTPS (TLS). Your data is encrypted with the industry standard AES-256 encryption algorithm and is replicated over multiple availability zones. Backups are performed daily.

The data is stored securely in AWS data centres in the EU, and backed up daily.

The data is stored securely in AWS data centres in the EU, and backed up daily.

Libryo recommends changing your password on a regular basis - every six months is sufficient.