Ministers ask LSB to set out strategy on AI use in legal sector – Legal Futures

‘Ministers have asked the Legal Services Board (LSB) to outline how it plans to approach the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) in the sector by the end of April.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2024

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Lawyers’ use of generative AI “accelerating quickly” – Legal Futures

Posted February 13th, 2024 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, news by tracey

‘Lawyers’ use of generative AI is accelerating quickly but there is a major mismatch between in-house and private practice expectations of the impact on billing, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 12th February 2024

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UK court decision provides clarity on scope of litigation privilege – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 12th, 2024 in appeals, disclosure, documents, fraud, legal profession, news, privilege by tracey

‘A recent Court of Appeal judgment provides useful clarity that non-parties can be entitled to the protection of litigation privilege, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th February 2024

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Lawyers raise alarm at struggle to tackle UK local government corruption – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2024 in corruption, fraud, legal profession, local government, news, statistics by sally

‘Lawyers have raised alarm at the lack of oversight in local government, as a Guardian analysis found almost one in 10 councils in the UK have been subject to a corruption investigation in the past decade.’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2024

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Long-term sustainability of civil legal aid in doubt, MoJ research finds – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2024 in civil justice, legal aid, legal profession, Ministry of Justice, news, statistics by tracey

‘There is “notable cause for concern” over the long-term sustainability of the civil legal aid sector, research commissioned by the Ministry of Justice has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2024

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The New Dilemma: Can Artificial Intelligence Replace Professionals in Courts and Write Judgments in Public Law? – Lamb Chambers

Posted December 20th, 2023 in artificial intelligence, chambers articles, legal profession, news by sally

‘When discussing AI’s role in replacing advocates and writing judgments in public law cases, it is important to recognise that this involves speculation about how AI’s future development, and is not rooted in AI’s current technological capabilities.’

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Lamb Chambers, 8th November 2023

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The profession’s ethics are in the spotlight and junior lawyers want change – Legal Futures

Posted December 12th, 2023 in legal profession, Legal Services Board, news, professional conduct, reports by sally

‘A report published earlier this month by the Legal Services Board highlighted the ethical risks faced by today’s lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2023

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Some lawyers’ conduct poses “significant risk to the rule of law” – Legal Futures

Posted December 1st, 2023 in barristers, legal profession, news, rule of law, solicitors by tracey

‘Lawyers can sometimes be “too inclined” to act unethically or use a “mistaken” adherence to an overly narrow view of the rule of law to justify questionable conduct, major new research has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st December 2023

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Consolidation of legal regulators “may be a good thing” – Legal Futures

‘Consolidation of legal regulators “may be a good thing” if designed to achieve “the pulling together of knowledge, lessons, consumer research and engagement”, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2023

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AI helps lawyers complete work quicker, study finds – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2023 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, legal services, news by tracey

‘A groundbreaking study has found that using generative AI to support, rather than replace, humans results in “large and consistent increases in speed” in completing legal tasks.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2023

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Is AI about to transform the legal profession? – BBC News

Posted October 19th, 2023 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘If there was a court case on whether society should embrace artificial intelligence (AI) or reject it, there would likely be a hung jury.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2023

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Global bar body publishes list of ‘critical’ challenges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 29th, 2023 in barristers, legal profession, news by tracey

‘The International Bar Association (IBA) has listed the most pressing challenges facing the profession over the next five years – a first for the global body.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th September 2023

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Top UK lawyer hits out at ‘authoritarian’ attacks on legal profession – The Guardian

‘A leading British lawyer has compared UK government attacks on the profession to the tactics used by authoritarian regimes. Helena Kennedy KC, one of the UK’s most renowned criminal lawyers and a Labour peer, said ministers were deliberately creating scapegoats.’

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The Guardian, 10th September 2023

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Three-quarters of UK lawyers believe AI will increase productivity – Legal Futures

Posted August 29th, 2023 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘Artificial intelligence (AI) could help law firms most by increasing their productivity and is also likely to result in more legal work being done by those without traditional legal qualifications, lawyers have said.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2023

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Emphasis on sanctions compliance legal advice record-keeping under new licence – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government has granted a general licence to enable UK lawyers to provide legal advice to non-UK individuals and businesses in relation to their compliance with international sanctions on Russia, without breaching UK sanctions regulations themselves.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd August 2023

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‘An activist blob’: Tory party attacks on lawyers – a timeline – The Guardian

‘Critical language used to blame lawyers for thwarting immigration policy dates back to Boris Johnson era.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2023

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One in four complaints to Legal Ombudsman outside new time limits – Legal Futures

‘More than a quarter (27%) of complaints made to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) are outside the new time limits introduced at the beginning of April, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 16th August 2023

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High Court removes privilege in fraud claim involving top law firm – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2023 in disclosure, documents, fraud, insolvency, law firms, legal profession, news, privilege by sally

‘Legal professional privilege should not apply in a case where there is a “very good arguable case” that a client used global firm DLA Piper’s services to assist a fraud, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2023

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Sunak “undermining trust in lawyers”, says Bar Council – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Council has accused Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of undermining trust in the profession by claiming that a “subset of lawyers” are exploiting illegal migrants for profit.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2023

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Legal profession “five years behind the curve” on diversity – Legal Futures

Posted July 18th, 2023 in diversity, legal profession, Legal Services Board, news by tracey

‘The legal profession is “five years behind the curve” on diversity and inclusion and has “only in recent times” appreciated just how unequal access is, the chief executive of the Legal Services Board (LSB) said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 18th July 2023

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