Legal Technology – the future of legal services – Legal Futures

‘One way of viewing the current legal services market is that the legal profession is locked in a race to the death with non-qualified providers, tempted by the lucrative chunk of legal work that is not reserved to qualified lawyers and which forms a big part of their income.’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The Bar Council presents: The Different Faces of the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted November 21st, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, news by tracey

‘In the first event of its kind, the Secret Barrister, Chris Daw QC, and two of the Bar Council’s #IAmTheBar Social Mobility Advocates, Rachel Spearing and Natasha Shotunde, will come together for a live-streamed panel discussion on social mobility and access to the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 19th November 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Susskind: Machines will replace lawyers if they deliver better outcomes – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2018 in barristers, computer programs, legal profession, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Clients value lawyers for the outcomes they deliver and will switch to technology based alternatives if they produce the better or cheaper results, Professor Richard Susskind has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Spark21 conference 2018: David Gauke speech on diversity in the legal profession – Ministry of Justice

‘Lord Chancellor David Gauke spoke at the Spark21 Conference 2018 about nurturing a richer and more representative legal profession.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

‘Justice campaign’ needs new approach, say experts – Legal Futures

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in civil justice, criminal justice, legal profession, media, news, rule of law by sally

‘Lawyers have been urged to look at radical new approaches to ‘rebrand’ justice so as to build public and political understanding of its value.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New tech demands code of “cyber ethics” for lawyers – Legal Futures

‘The legal profession will have to develop “cyber ethics” to cope with the very different issues that the growing use of technology is having on the practice of law, a leading academic has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Lawyer bloggers invited to lift veil on family courts – Legal Futures

‘An effort to encourage lawyers to report on everyday proceedings in the family courts to compensate for lack of press interest is being piloted over the next nine months, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘Don’t swell the ranks with solicitors’ – bar fights training reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 20th, 2018 in barristers, legal education, legal profession, news, solicitor advocates, solicitors by tracey

‘Proposed reforms to barristers’ training would “unacceptably dilute” the bar’s standards by giving solicitors an easy route to entry, the Bar Council has said. In its response to proposals for reforming the education and training requirements for barristers, the representative body says that exempting solicitor advocates from parts of the qualification process would “be attractive to solicitors who regard admission to the bar as a badge of achievement, and who will recognise that this route to that badge is fundamentally less arduous than the route barristers currently take.”‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th September 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Hard Brexit “could cost legal sector £3bn” – Legal Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in international trade, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘A hard Brexit could cost the legal sector up to £3bn by 2025, the Law Society has estimated.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Women in the Law UK gears up for London launch – Legal Futures

Posted August 21st, 2018 in legal profession, news, women by sally

‘Women in the Law UK, the Manchester-based lobbying, networking and support organisation, is gearing up for its launch in London next month.’

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Legal Futures, 21st August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New pilot scheme announced for easier court entrance for legal professionals – Family Law

Posted August 13th, 2018 in courts, identification, legal profession, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced a new pilot scheme for practising legal professionals which will allow for them to get direct entrance to courts without the need to be searched. The scheme aims to reduce queues and grant legal professionals easier court access. In preparation of the schemes launch the MoJ is encouraging legal professionals to register with their local courts prior to the start of the pilot.’

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Family Law, 10th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Unconscious bias against women holding back ‘New Law’ – Legal Futures

Posted August 10th, 2018 in bias, legal profession, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Unconscious bias in the legal profession against women is so deep-rooted that ‘New Law’ businesses trying to reshape legal services are just as affected, it has been claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“Significant barriers” exist for disabled lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted July 16th, 2018 in disabled persons, legal profession, news by tracey

‘Disabled people seeking employment or working in the legal profession are “an untapped resource”, according to ground-breaking research. It found a profession not set up to accommodate the needs of disabled people in or wanting to join the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 16th July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal professional privilege under attack again (even Donald Trump thinks so!) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 19th, 2018 in legal profession, news, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘On 10 April 2018, President Donald Trump tweeted “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” This was not the President’s deep analysis of the state of legal professional privilege (LLP) but a reaction to the raid on the offices of one of his former lawyers and the seizing of a quantity of documentation.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th May 2018

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Wish you weren’t here? – New Law Journal

Posted June 18th, 2018 in electronic mail, flexible working, holidays, legal profession, news by sally

‘Step out of the office & take some time to reflect on your work/life balance, says Matthew Kay.’

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New Law Journal, 13th June 2018

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Barristers in England and Wales call off industrial action – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal profession, news by sally

‘Criminal barristers have voted by a narrow margin to call off industrial action over fees that has been disrupting court cases across England and Wales for the past few months.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

New report from the Bar Council reveals true impact of struggling justice system on barristers’ profession – The Bar Council

Posted June 5th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council’s new report ‘Barristers’ Working Lives 2017: Barristers’ attitudes towards their working lives, released today, reveals that barristers across England and Wales are struggling with a number of factors affecting their overall working lives, such as workload, stress, and work-life balance.’

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The Bar Council, 29th May 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

New report shows that becoming a barrister remains highly competitive – Bar Standard Board

Posted May 10th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, news, reports, universities by sally

‘The BSB has today published the fourth annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th May 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Barristers in England and Wales ‘in grip of mental health crisis’ – The Guardian

‘Criminal barristers are in the grip of a mental health crisis caused by significant increases in the amount of digital evidence, the number of historical sexual assault cases and long hours, the body that represents them has said.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Big firms share LGBT knowledge in SRA mentoring scheme – Legal Futures

‘Small and medium-sized law firms will get free help and advice from some of the biggest firms in the country on how to become more inclusive employers under a pilot scheme launched this month by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 24th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk