AI app that replaces lawyers “could be used in divorce cases” – Legal Futures

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in agreements, computer programs, divorce, drafting, legal services, news by sally

‘The technology behind an artificial intelligence (AI) app developed to help businesspeople draft confidentiality agreements will be extended to other commercial and consumer products such as wills, and may in time be suitable for family law cases, according to its creator.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Cambridge students build a ‘lawbot’ to advise sexual assault victims – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2016 in computer programs, legal services, news, sexual offences, universities, victims by sally

‘Imagine RoboCop went to Oxbridge – well, it’s nothing like that at all.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Supreme Court upholds clause excluding professional indemnity cover for commercial arrangements – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 27th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, insurance, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘Loans provided to the clients of a firm of solicitors by a third party funder were not ‘legal services’, and so were not covered by the terms of the firm’s professional indemnity (PI) policy, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

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The LSB’s proposals for legislative reform: let’s be clear – Legal Futures

Posted October 27th, 2016 in legal services, Legal Services Board, news, reports by sally

‘The publication of the LSB’s vision for legislative reform of legal services regulation on 12 September has generated a healthy level of interest and debate. This can, on the surface, seem a somewhat dry subject. However, it has an impact not just on existing regulated practitioners, but also on providers of legal services more generally, as well as everyone who uses or benefits from an effective legal sector. And, let’s face it, that’s all of us.’

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Legal Futures, 25th October 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Direct access website founder urges barristers to focus on broader expertise, not advocacy – Legal Futures

Posted October 11th, 2016 in advocacy, barristers, legal services, news by sally

‘Lawyers who don’t believe the “writing is on the wall” that unregulated legal services will increase “may find themselves on the wrong side of history”, the founder of direct access website Absolute Barrister has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 11th October 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Launch of TheCityUK’s Legal Services Report 2016 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 6th, 2016 in judges, legal services, reports, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Launch of TheCityUK’s Legal Services Report 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 4th October 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Law ahead of other sectors in AI adoption and ambition – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in legal services, news by sally

‘The use of artificial intelligence is more widespread in the law than in other sectors, and IT chiefs see more applications for it in the future, a survey has found.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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BREXIT: What now for the Bar? – Counsel

Posted September 26th, 2016 in barristers, EC law, legal services, news, referendums by sally

‘Evanna Fruithof outlines Brexit’s implications for barristers across practice area.’

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Counsel, October 2016

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Law Society and Bar Council condemn regulators for “attacks” on profession – Legal Futures

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consumer protection, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society has raised its opposition to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plan to allow practising solicitors to operate from unregulated law firms to an unprecedented level, issuing a report that said there would be little or no economic benefit from the move.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd September 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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LSB publishes vision for legislative reform for legal services in England and Wales – Legal Services Board

Posted September 15th, 2016 in legal services, Legal Services Board, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) publishes today its vision for legislative reform of the regulatory framework for legal services in England and Wales.’

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Legal Services Board, 12th September 2016

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Bar regulator launches survey on the future of legal services delivery – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 9th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched an online survey into how legal services are being delivered by barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th September 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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‘Bureaucratic’ gateway blocks access to discrimination advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2016 in legal aid, legal services, news, pregnancy, select committees, sex discrimination by sally

‘The process for obtaining state-funded legal help in discrimination cases is too bureaucratic, practitioners have told the Gazette, after MPs demanded urgent action to end a ‘shocking’ increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Force family lawyers to offer fixed fees, consumer panel suggests – Legal Futures

Posted August 24th, 2016 in competition, dentists, family courts, fees, legal services, news, statistics by sally

‘Family law specialists should be required to work under fixed fees, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has suggested as it ramped up its call for regulatory intervention to improve transparency in the market.’

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Legal Futures, 24th August 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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ABSs may “dominate in high-volume legal services”, study says – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2016 in alternative business structures, legal services, news, partnerships by sally

‘The traditional law firm partnership structure is still dominant in the profession but the arrival of alternative business structures (ABS) has disrupted the status quo and may eventually become the norm in high-volume legal services, according to research.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Nothing inherently riskier about ABS, says super regulator – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Restrictions on alternative business structure can be lifted now they have shown to be no greater risk than traditional law firms, the Legal Services Board has said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th August 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Making lawyers publish “average” prices will energise consumers, says panel – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel said last week that it was “not blind to the challenges of increased price transparency”, but insisted that making lawyers publish “average” prices could be the catalyst for making consumers ask more questions about cost.’

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Legal Futures, 25th July 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Chilcot report: Iraq war families crowdfund legal costs – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2016 in costs, families, Iraq, legal services, news, reports, war by sally

‘Families of some of the British troops killed in Iraq have launched a public crowdfunding appeal to pay for lawyers to potentially sue those responsible.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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‘Radical’ handbook reforms will widen access to justice, SRA says – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority insists its “radical” handbook reforms will widen access to justice, acknowledging that certain safeguards will be needed if solicitors are given greater freedom to deliver legal services outside regulated firms.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th July 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Bar Council response to CMA interim report – The Bar Council

Posted July 11th, 2016 in barristers, competition, legal services, news by sally

‘Responding to today’s [8 July] report on the market for legal services from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Bar Council agrees that wholesale reform of the regulatory framework may increase the cost of regulation and jeopardize valuable expertise.’

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The Bar Council, 8th July 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Consumers “generally satisfied” with legal services providers, key survey finds – Legal Futures

Posted July 11th, 2016 in competition, legal services, news, statistics by sally

‘There are high levels of consumer satisfaction with legal services, according to a survey commissioned by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).’

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Legal Futures, 11th July 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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