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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Litigation trends: Can London retain its litigation crown? – New Law Journal

Posted August 1st, 2017 in costs, disclosure, electronic filing, legal services, London, news by sally

‘The impact of Brexit, the outcome of the latest Jackson costs review and taming the “monster” of e-disclosure are of critical importance if the UK is to retain its standing as the dominant legal centre.’

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New Law Journal, 28th July 2017

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Vulnerable consumers praise lawyers but ask for more help – Legal Futures

Posted July 19th, 2017 in carers, legal services, Legal Services Board, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘Lawyers acting for mentally ill clients and dementia sufferers have been praised in surveys commissioned by the Legal Services Board (LSB) on the needs of vulnerable consumers, but some did find it hard to deal with solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 18th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB launches research into vulnerable consumers’ experience of legal services – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board has today launched research into the experiences of consumers in vulnerable circumstances when they use legal service.’

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Legal Services Board, 14th July 2017

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Speech delivered by the Lord Chancellor at a HM Judges’ dinner at Mansion House – Crimeline

‘Speech delivered by the Lord Chancellor at a HM Judges’ dinner at Mansion House, 6th July 2017’

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The New Cafcass Guidance on the Use of Professional Time – Family Law Week

Posted July 7th, 2017 in children, family courts, legal services, news, working time by tracey

‘Gabrielle Jan Posner, Barrister and Recorder, Trinity Chambers Chelmsford, considers Cafcass’s response to the record levels of demand for its services.’

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Family Law Week, 4th July 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

“Quick and dirty” online justice better than no justice, says Neuberger as he laments legal aid policy failure – Legal Futures

‘“Quick and dirty” online dispute resolution (ODR) is better than “no justice or absurdly over-priced justice”, the president of the Supreme Court has said in a wide-ranging speech that included a devastating critique of legal aid policy over the past two decades.’

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Legal Futures, 5th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB outlines its plan to act on CMA recommendations – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 30th, 2017 in barristers, competition, legal services, news, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its plan to address the recommendations contained in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report into legal services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th June 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Law schools “trapped in the 1970s”, Susskind says – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2017 in artificial intelligence, legal education, legal services, news by tracey

‘Many law schools are teaching law “as it was in the 1970s”, Professor Richard Susskind, IT adviser to the Lord Chancellor, has said.’

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Legal Futures, 16th June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The only way is ethics – Counsel

‘With integrity at the heart of the Bar, dilemmas often arise. Rachel Langdale QC calls to mind the guiding hand of the Ethics Committee, assisting barristers in the heat (or calm) of a crisis. Ellie Cumbo offers an insight into a year at the other end of the helpline.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Innovation happening, but no strong need to change the traditional chambers model, say respondents to BSB survey – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its report into the provision of legal services by barristers. The report contains the results of an online survey conducted in September and October 2016 with barristers about the future delivery of legal services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 30th May 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Keep calm and carry on: BSB finds no evidence of “widespread change” at the Bar – Legal Futures

Posted May 31st, 2017 in barristers, fees, legal services, news by sally

‘Widespread change” is yet to happen at the Bar, with only a small minority of barristers planning to change the way they work or charge fees, a report for the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 31st May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court ticks off unregulated legal business for not being clearer about its status – Legal Futures

Posted May 19th, 2017 in barristers, law firms, legal services, news by tracey

‘The High Court has criticised an unregulated legal business run by a unregistered barrister for “sailing too close to the wind” by failing to be clear in correspondence that it was not a solicitors’ firm.’

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Legal Futures, 19th May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Third Party Litigation Funding Continues to Grow – Litigation Futures

Posted May 4th, 2017 in legal services, news, third parties by sally

‘With court fees rising and litigation becoming increasingly expensive, third party litigation funding continues to grow. There are various reasons clients may want to consider litigation funding, such as the need for a cash injection to enable them to get their case off the ground or the desire to take the litigation risk off their balance sheet and avoid having funds tied up in lengthy legal battles. Litigation funding can also be a useful tool for solicitors as it can provide payment of their fees where a client does not have the funds to continue with the litigation.

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Litigation Futures, 3rd May 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

London’s legal eminence will survive Brexit, LCJ insists – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 26th, 2017 in EC law, legal services, London, news, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Brexit will not harm London’s status as a centre for dispute resolution, the lord chief justice has assured Chinese colleagues. In a speech to the National Judges College in Beijing earlier this month and circulated by HM Judiciary today, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd took English contract law as an illustration of why Brexit will have ‘no effect on London’s key strengths’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th April 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Here comes Billy, the robot junior clerk – Legal Futures

‘Innovative chambers Clerksroom is building Billy.Bot, a ‘robot junior clerk’ that will do the work of a traditional barristers’ clerk and also provide basic legal information to online users, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Let lawyers control supply of electronic legal documents, report says – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2017 in consumer protection, documents, internet, legal services, news by sally

‘Lawyers should control the supply of “so-called standard electronic documents”, such as confidentiality deeds or contracts, a report has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 11th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Shared legal service terminated after requirements of partner councils change – Local Government Lawyer

‘The shared legal service between Spelthorne Borough Council and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council came to an end last month after three years, it has emerged.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Impact of Brexit on legal services “a cause for concern”, justice committee says – Legal Futures

‘The justice select committee has described the impact of Brexit on legal services as “a cause for concern, but not hyberbole”, in a report published today.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd March 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Public access work grows six-fold in only five years – Legal Futures

Posted March 21st, 2017 in barristers, legal representation, legal services, news, statistics by tracey

‘The value of public access work carried out by barristers as a proportion of the profession’s income grew six-fold over just five years, according to new figures seen by Legal Futures.’

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Legal Futures, 21st March 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk