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LSB research highlights surge in Law Society spending on ‘permitted purposes’

Sir Michael Pitt2

Law Society spending on non-regulatory ‘permitted purposes’, such as law reform and practice support, surged by £6.3m in the four years between 2010 and 2014, research by the Legal Services Board has revealed. The research was part of the LSB’s investigation into the cost of legal services regulation.

May 25th, 2016

Judge sacked for viewing porn at work rebuked by SRA

SRA logo on brick wall

One of three judges removed from the bench last year for viewing pornography from a work computer has accepted a rebuke from the Solicitors Regulation Authority for his conduct. He agreed that he had failed to act with integrity and to behave in a way that maintains public trust.

May 25th, 2016

The ‘fake’ lawyer who told top judges he was a solicitor receives SRA order

Stephen Richards

A ‘fake’ lawyer and three non-solicitor staff who have taken money from their firms have received banning orders from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. All are now subject to so-called section 43 orders, which prevent non-solicitors from being employed or remunerated by solicitors and their firms without permission from the regulator.

May 24th, 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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Deploying ERP in the cloud – it’s not as scary as you think

David Espley

Given the massive global push to take computing off premises, a move to the cloud in the legal sector is inevitable – in fact, it is already happening. Analysts today are more or less unanimous in predicting that cloud computing will provide the technology foundation for businesses in the near future. According to Forester, we are on the verge of the second wave (application-focused) of cloud computing and we will increasingly find cloud providers focusing on the provision of next-generation applications in the cloud. The legal sector must partake of this opportunity.

May 20th, 2016