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

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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

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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

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Lord McNally: ‘We had to cut legal aid. It’s not a bottomless pit’ – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2019 in budgets, human rights, legal aid, legal services, news, probation by sally

‘The Lib-Dem peer says coalition cuts were necessary but have gone too far – people must be able to access justice.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2019

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Research to probe ethical issues raised by legal technology – Legal Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in artificial intelligence, legal services, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘A project to look at the ethical and others issues issues that technology raises for legal services and their regulation has been launched by the Legal Services Board.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2019

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Solicitor who ran unauthorised law firm struck off – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who said his unauthorised firm was acting only for “family and friends” has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2019

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Accountancy watchdog criticised over legal services procurement – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 19th, 2018 in accountants, auditors, competition, legal services, news, ombudsmen, public procurement by sally

‘The accountancy regulator should adopt a more open procurement policy when tendering for legal and professional services, a review assessing its clout has found.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th December 2018

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Legal PR: how is social media shaking up the mix? – New Law Journal

Posted December 18th, 2018 in advertising, barristers, internet, law firms, legal services, news by sally

​’Social media is increasingly the shop window for law firms and barristers’ chambers—but is it a ‘monumental waste of time’ or a ‘golden opportunity’ to set out their stall? Grania Langdon-Down reports.’

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New Law Journal, 14th December 2018

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‘What if they arrest me?’: the legal teams saving people from unfair deportation – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2018 in charities, citizenship, deportation, immigration, legal services, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Hundreds have benefited from a free legal service – but caseworkers are having to turn down clients as demand surges.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2018

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Speech by Senior President of Tribunals: The Modernisation of Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Senior President of Tribunals: The Modernisation of Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 14th December 2018

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Artificial intelligence set to free solicitors from lower-level work: SRA – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 12th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘Artificial intelligence (AI) will free up solicitors from lower-level work to carry out more complex tasks, a new report from the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th December 2018

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New ABS combines legal and accountancy advice – Legal Futures

Posted December 10th, 2018 in accountants, alternative business structures, legal services, news by sally

‘A litigation-focused legal and accountancy alternative business structure (ABS), which opened for business earlier this month, is set to benefit from an “explosion” in contested probate cases.’

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Legal Futures, 10th December 2018

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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

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Legal analytics – when big data meets big law – The Guardian

‘Automated data analysis has changed how scientists think about health research, and is helping uncover inefficiencies in transport systems. Now it’s making waves in the legal sector.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2018

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Levels of innovation in law “stagnating” but future looks better – Legal Futures

‘The level of innovation in the legal market has “stagnated and fallen in some areas” in recent years, but there are a number of encouraging signs for the future, major new research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 29th November 2018

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Courts Bill: judges will decide what powers they farm out, says Gauke – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 29th, 2018 in bills, courts, judiciary, legal services, news, standards by tracey

‘The independence of the judiciary will be retained despite some of their functions being delegated to court staff without legal qualifications, the government has promised MPs.
Speaking yesterday during the second reading of the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill, justice secretary David Gauke said measures will provide the flexibility and responsiveness needed within the court system.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th November 2018

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Legal Services Board approves new SRA Handbook in full – Legal Futures

Posted November 7th, 2018 in consumer protection, legal services, news, social services by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved the new SRA Handbook, including the controversial proposal to allow solicitors to provide unreserved services to the public from unregulated businesses.’

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Legal Futures, 6th November 2018

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Legal technology: looking past the hype – New Law Journal

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘​A changing role in changing times? Sophie Gould reports on how in-house lawyers are adopting & adapting advances in legal technology.’

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New Law Journal, 26th October 2018

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Clients “must be told whether legal advice is AI or human” – Legal Futures

Posted October 18th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, legal services, news by sally

‘As legal advice is increasingly driven by artificial intelligence (AI), a mechanism will have to be introduced to inform clients whether they are being advised by a machine or a human lawyer, a top judge has urged.’

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Legal Futures, 18th October 2018

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Tensions in Legal Services Act coming to fore, says review – Legal Futures

Posted October 4th, 2018 in legal services, news by tracey

‘The world when the Legal Services Act was drawn up “simply does not exist in the same way now” and the inherent tensions in the Act are becoming “increasingly apparent”, the first paper from the independent review of legal regulation has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk