Bar chair: Separation remains for a reason – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘I’m sure every chair for the last several years has been asked to comment on a forthcoming fusion of professions,’ said Andrew Walker QC when asked whether the solicitor and barrister professions will maintain their separate status in years to come.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th January 2018

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2018 and beyond: Our legal futures… – Legal Futures

Posted January 9th, 2018 in law firms, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘It’s that time of year again. Thinking about what’s gone before us and planning for the future – looking at what we do, how we do it, and more importantly, who we do it for.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘Liberties of England at risk’ without more money for lawyers, warns former appeal judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 6th, 2017 in criminal justice, judges, legal profession, news, reports by sally

‘Bach Commission vice-chair and former judge Sir Henry Brooke has demanded action to reverse assaults on the criminal justice system, claiming the ‘liberties of England are at risk’ because of cuts in funding.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th December 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Time to end solicitor-bar divide, first female solicitor QC says – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in legal profession, news, queen's counsel, solicitor advocates by sally

‘England and Wales’ first female solicitor advocate QC is set to also become the first to dual qualify as both a solicitor and barrister. June Venters, who was made QC in 2006, will be called to the bar by Middle Temple on Thursday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st November 2017

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Graduate in £1m claim was badly let down by Oxford, court told – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in economic loss, legal profession, negligence, news, time limits, universities by sally

‘An Oxford graduate is suing the university for £1m on the grounds that his failure to get a top degree 17 years ago cost him the chance of a lucrative legal career.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

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Lawyers aim to “intimidate” clients who complain, says report – Legal Futures

Posted November 6th, 2017 in complaints, legal language, legal ombudsman, legal profession, news by tracey

‘Some clients worry being “bamboozled by legal jargon” if they complain to their lawyers, a fear that can be borne out by responses that are “seeming calculated to ‘overwhelm’ or ‘intimidate’ the customer”, according to new research.’

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Legal Futures, 6th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The Bar has confounded critics and doomsayers for decades – The Bar Council

Posted November 6th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, legal profession, news, queen's counsel, speeches by tracey

‘The Bar has confounded decades of critics and doomsayers through fearlessness and competition for excellence, Chair of the Bar Andrew Langdon QC told the 32nd Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference today.’

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The Bar Council, 4th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

MoJ “keen” on Jackson fixed costs reforms but they will generate “cottage industry”, says leading QC – Litigation Futures

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in barristers, costs, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is keen on taking forward Lord Justice Jackson’s plans to extend the use of fixed costs, according to a leading QC.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Hodge urges judges and lawyers to improve “scientific literacy” to understand expert evidence – Litigation Futures

Posted October 20th, 2017 in evidence, expert witnesses, judges, judiciary, legal profession, news by sally

‘A Supreme Court justice has called for judges and lawyers to improve their “scientific literacy” to ensure they did their job effectively in cases involving expert evidence.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Extinct? The Lawyer Lord Chancellor – Counsel

Posted October 12th, 2017 in constitutional reform, legal profession, lord chancellor, news by sally

‘Joshua Rozenberg QC reflects on whether we’ve seen the last of the legally qualified Lord Chancellors.’

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Counsel, October 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Barrister shatters “taboo” by discussing emotional impact of rude judges – Legal Futures

Posted October 12th, 2017 in barristers, bullying, judges, legal profession, news by sally

‘A senior barrister has explained why she took to Twitter to shatter a longstanding “taboo” by discussing the emotional impact on advocates of “rude” or “abrasive” judges.’

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Legal Futures, 12th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal brains will have a week to defeat AI in lawyer v machine challenge – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in artificial intelligence, competition, legal profession, news by sally

‘More than 50 solicitors, barristers and in-house counsel have volunteered to outsmart predictive software based on artificial intelligence in a ground-breaking lawyer v machine challenge.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

EVENT: The Bar Council – Legal Consequences of Brexit

‘This seminar, organised jointly by the Bar Council and the Deutscher Anwaltverein (German Bar Association), will offer a platform for a discussion on the legal consequences of Brexit.

It will include topics such as the Art. 50 Litigation and the consequences for constitutional law and passporting and mutual recognition in financial services post-Brexit.’

Date: 20th October 2017, 2.00-5.00pm

Location: The General Council of the Bar, 289 – 293 High Holbon, WC1V 7HZ London

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.

Ep. 10: How A.I. is set to change the legal profession – Law Pod UK

Posted September 4th, 2017 in computer programs, disclosure, dispute resolution, legal profession, news by sally

‘Tom Beamont talks to Rosalind English about the role artificial intelligence is likely to play in the way lawyers and judges operate in the U.K., including discussion about the use of e-Disclosure, online dispute resolution, and whether advice and decisions can reliably be generated by algorithms.’

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Law Pod UK, 1st September 2017

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The robots are taking over, and the legal profession is not immune – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in artificial intelligence, computer programs, legal profession, news by sally

‘Richard Susskind, IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice, has spent many years looking into the future of the law. In a fascinating podcast paving the way for his new book The Future of the Professions and the updated Tomorrow’s Lawyers, he discusses with OUP’s George Miller the new world of technological advancements in the day to day management of dispute resolution. We have taken the liberty of summarising the podcast here and posting a link to the interview at the end of this post.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st August 2017

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Richard Susskind on the future of law – OUP Blog

Posted August 14th, 2017 in legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘In the latest episode of the Oxford Law Vox podcast Richard Susskind talks to George Miller about the gaining momentum of technology and AI in the law profession. They discuss just how vital it is that lawyers learn to reinvent themselves and work alongside technology.’

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OUP Blog, 13th August 2017

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Lawyers face prosecution threat over financial sanctions compliance – Legal Futures

Posted August 11th, 2017 in disclosure, financial regulation, legal profession, news, privilege, sanctions by tracey

‘Lawyers are among those who could face prosecution if they fail to report information that could undermine UK financial sanctions, after a change to the law that came into force this week.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judge spearheading late-night courts confronts the critics – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in courts, diversity, judges, legal profession, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘The senior judge in charge of modernising the courts service has hit out at “ill-informed comments” from lawyers and “misunderstandings” about controversial plans to test out-of-hours courts.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st August 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ready for robot lawyers? How students can prepare for the future of law – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2017 in artificial intelligence, legal education, legal profession, news by sally

‘From algorithms and artificial intelligence to smart contracts, technology will transform the legal profession. Here’s what it could mean for law students.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Access to justice charity calls for profession to certify quality of public legal education – Legal Futures

‘The profession should play an active role in certifying the quality of public legal information (PLE) so as to help people identify whether they have legal problems, according to the head of an access to justice charity.’

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Legal Futures, 25th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk