LSB eyes public legal education initiatives – Legal Futures

Posted August 21st, 2019 in legal education, legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Service Board (LSB) might develop targets for improving the “legal capability” of consumers, in its first push on public legal education (PLE).’

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Legal Futures, 21st August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Cost of outside legal advice doubles at 42 councils – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2019 in budgets, contracting out, legal services, local government, news by tracey

‘A doubling of spending on outside legal advice by more than 40 local councils has been labelled “ridiculous” by people fighting funding cuts. Figures from 270 of the 408 councils asked by the BBC showed £322m was spent last year on in-house legal teams and £142m on external legal services.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Improving Access to Justice: Community-based Solutions – Asian Journal of Legal Education

Posted August 5th, 2019 in equality, legal representation, legal services, pro bono work, reports by tracey

‘Inaccessibility to justice is a major issue internationally, and in some countries access to justice has decreased in recent years. For example, the growth of inequality and decline of state support have left access to justice in the UK and the US in a worst state in decades. There is therefore an urgent need to find solutions to protect peoples’ rights. This paper outlines key issues of access to justice, and identifies a number of solutions – from grass-root efforts to organizational changes. The paper highlights the importance of community-based solutions, such as mass pro bono contributions from individuals, law service providers and
other organizations.”

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Asian Journal of Legal Education, May 2019

Source: https://research.gold.ac.uk/

Government to legislate for legal advice on NDAs – Legal Futures

‘The government has pledged to change the law to ensure that employees signing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) receive independent legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal advice centres in England and Wales halved since 2013-14 – The Guardian

‘Half of all law centres and not-for-profit legal advice services in England and Wales have closed over the past six years, according to government figures.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

LSB report: Buy-in vital for legal technology regulation – Legal Futures

‘Achieving buy-in for technology regulation from everyone involved in lawtech – from developers to users – is crucial to it working well, a new analysis has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 8th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

ABSs having “direct and positive impact” on legal market – LSB – Legal Futures

Posted July 1st, 2019 in alternative business structures, legal services, news by sally

‘Alternative business structures (ABS) continue to have a “direct and positive impact” on the legal market, the oversight regulator has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Mayson spells out hard choices in reforming legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted June 7th, 2019 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, news, regulations, solicitors by tracey

‘The head of the independent review of legal services regulation said yesterday that scrapping regulation based on titles like solicitor or barrister and replacing it with a system based on legal activities “might not be as straightforward as some believe”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Accountancy body wins right to regulate oaths – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Chartered accountancy regulator the ICAEW has received a crumb of comfort from the lord chancellor in its long-running campaign to become a regulator of reserved legal activities. David Gauke revealed today that he has decided to grant an application for the ICAEW to become an approved regulator and licensing authority in relation to the administration of oaths.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd May 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Challenge to delegation of costs lawyer’s work fails – Litigation Futures

Posted May 13th, 2019 in costs, drafting, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘A challenge to a costs lawyer’s delegation of work to unqualified colleagues has failed, with a judge saying that to rule otherwise would make their work for members of the public “impossible”.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th May 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Three convicted for providing unregulated legal advice – Legal Futures

‘Owners of a business that falsely claimed it could supervise immigration law firms and made millions of pounds as a result, along with a director of one of those franchises, have been convicted at the Old Bailey.’

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Legal Futures, 26th April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

More universities are teaching lawtech – but is it just a gimmick? – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, legal education, legal services, news, universities by michael

‘Eager to be ahead of the curve, universities have started to offer specialist modules. Should lawyers believe the hype?’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Tesco Law at last? SRA rules could herald “new breed of MDP” – Legal Futures

‘The new rulebook for solicitors may lead to a “new breed” of multi-disciplinary practices (MDPs) emerging that integrate legal services with a very wide range of services for individuals, one of its architects has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Susskind: Lawyers wrong to think technology cannot replace them – Legal Futures

Posted March 20th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘Lawyers are wrong to think that there are tasks beyond technology that only they can carry out, Professor Richard Susskind has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 20th March 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Unregulated adviser held to same standard as qualified lawyer – Legal Futures

Posted March 18th, 2019 in legal services, McKenzie friends, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A man who ran a ‘litigation firm’ and sold its expertise as coming from qualified legal advisers – even though it did not – has been held to the same standards as actual lawyers in a negligence claim.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ep 71: Robot Rules with Jacob Turner – Law Pod UK

Posted March 6th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, barristers, legal services, news by sally

‘Rosalind English interviews Jacob Turner, barrister and author of a thoroughgoing analysis of the law and its capacity for operating in a world where computers are taking over all the transactions. Is Artificial Intelligence an entirely new legal phenomenon?’

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Law Pod UK, 4th March 2019

Source: audioboom.com

Keen: “Room to review” legal regulation regime – Legal Futures

Posted February 28th, 2019 in legal profession, legal services, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by tracey

‘There is “room for review” of the legal regulation regime, made more urgent by the developments in technology, Lord Keen, the Ministry of Justice’s spokesman in the House of Lords, said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 28th February 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal advice ‘could be given in GP surgeries’ – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2019 in doctors, legal services, mental health, news by sally

‘Legal advice could be given in GP surgeries to address issues which could exacerbate mental health problems, the Ministry of Justice has said.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lawyers “must make way” for justice innovation to take hold – Legal Futures

Posted February 8th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, legal services, news, paralegals by sally

‘A report on global access to legal services has identified established legal professions led by lawyers as a block to progress and urged them to step aside in favour of non-lawyer leaders who can be relied on to bring in necessary reforms without self-interest.’

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Legal Futures, 8th February 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Appeal judges rule on difference between ‘advice’ and ‘information’ – Litigation Futures

Posted February 8th, 2019 in accounts, legal services, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has set out a series of steps courts should take when deciding whether a professional negligence case involves ‘advice’ or ‘information’.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th February 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com