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Lawyer-matching service for SMEs bids to crowdfund £360k as it eyes major growth

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A lawyer-matching service for SMEs has raised £50,000 in less than three days as it bids to crowdfund £360,000 for the next stage of its development. LawyerFair told potential investors that “legal services are an inefficient, low innovation marketplace” and that within three years it would be turning over £4.6m.

August 26th, 2016

Woman who used conveyancers to litigate probate dispute told to repay money lost to estate

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A woman who obtained a grant of letters of administration and then used a firm of licensed conveyancers to defend herself against a claim from other potential beneficiaries, has been told by the High Court that she has to pay back to the estate nearly £87,000 given to the firm that has been lost.

August 26th, 2016

SRA strikes off dishonest solicitor but says he could still play role in profession

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The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a solicitor who forged correspondence with the Legal Aid Agency, but in an unusual coda to its ruling said he still had “something to offer to the public and providers of legal services generally”.

August 26th, 2016

Legal Futures Report

 

The fourth issue of Legal Futures Insight takes on arguably the biggest issue in the market today: what technology means for legal practice.

The purpose is not to look at what has become commonplace technology, but instead to look to the future, such as to artificial intelligence. We investigate how advanced data processing and contract analysis have delivered some spectacular results already, while virtual assistants could lead to a new breed of ‘knowledge worker’, who will not be a lawyer or accountant. Is AI the end of the lawyer, or actually liberation from more routine work?

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“The benefit and the burden”

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In what seems to have been an unstoppable train of decisions, rules and consultations making the life of claimant firms increasingly challenging, it made a welcome change to read the recent circuit judge ruling in Jones v Spire Healthcare. The cost implications of this ruling are of huge importance to many firms that have taken over books of personal injury work.

August 25th, 2016