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

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Neuberger and Grieve join legal regulation review – Legal Futures

Posted October 3rd, 2018 in competition, legal services, news, regulations by sally

‘The former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve are on the advisory panel for an independent review of the regulatory framework for legal services.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Heat rising over SRA plan for solicitors in unregulated firms – Legal Futures

Posted September 24th, 2018 in law firms, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has received unprecedented lobbying against the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plans to allow solicitors to practise from unregulated businesses.’

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Legal Futures, 24th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Trust in solicitors a key issue when consumers choose barristers – Legal Futures

Posted September 17th, 2018 in barristers, consumer protection, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘Consumers tend to shop around or use a public access barrister and ignore their solicitor’s recommendation when trust had broken down, according to Bar Standards Board-commissioned (BSB) research.

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Legal Futures, 17th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB seeks views on draft of new Bar transparency rules – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 13th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, disclosure, legal services, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation to seek views about its proposed new rules to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar.’

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Bar Standards Board, 13th September 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Exclusive: “Competition in law is fierce but not working for consumers” – Legal Futures

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in competition, legal services, news by sally

‘The fact that there is a lot of competition in the legal market does not mean it is working well for consumers, the chair of the Legal Services Consumers Panel says in her first interview.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Unregulated eviction service “crossed line” into litigation – Legal Futures

Posted August 29th, 2018 in legal services, news, repossession, solicitors by sally

‘An unregulated eviction service called Remove a Tenant “crossed the line” between assisting claimants and conducting litigation, a judge has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 28th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.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

Blockchain and AI “could underpin” future law firms – Legal Futures

‘A future where law firms are ‘distributed entities’ based on blockchain and smart contracts, and lawyers will add value by being “stronger” trusted advisers assisted by artificial intelligence, has been mapped out by futurologists.’

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Legal Futures, 13th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bogus lawyer jailed for “worse than useless” advice – Legal Futures

Posted August 7th, 2018 in legal services, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who falsely claimed he was fronting a legal business has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for charging £12,000 for advice a judge described as “worse than useless”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Mayson to lead review of legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted July 13th, 2018 in legal services, news, reports by tracey

‘The Centre for Ethics & Laws at University College London is to hold an independent review into the regulatory framework for legal services. It will be led by Professor Stephen Mayson, a leading commentator on legal regulation.’

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legal Futures, 12th July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal Services Board slaps Law Society with first ever public censure – Legal Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in Law Society, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, standards by sally

‘The Legal Services Board has handed out a public censure for the first time, after finding that the Law Society had governance arrangements in place that could have interfered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 31st May 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Top judge predicts revolution in use of legal services and training of lawyers – Legal Futures

‘Technology will revolutionise the way we educate, train, and utilise legal expertise, a senior judge has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk