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BBC calls out Law Society over response to MoJ online convictions plan

Law Society - Front2

The BBC has undermined a Law Society call to trial online convictions with cases of TV licensing evasion, after the broadcaster highlighted flaws in its argument. The society has recommended trying out online convictiosn in summary-only, non-imprisonable offences with TV licence evasion.

December 2nd, 2016

LegalZoom launches ‘digital will’ in first UK product roll-out

Legacy app

US legal technology giant LegalZoom has launched its first product since entering the UK market, a ‘digital will’ that it says will “revolutionise the way we think about and plan for our loved ones after our death”. The app enables users to make their will on their phone, and build a “digital scrapbook” to pass on along too.

November 28th, 2016

Will writers strike bum note in bid to encourage uptake

SWW Poo advert

The Society of Will Writers has launched a blunt campaign to encourage people to make a will, entitled ‘No will equals poo’. The visual featuring the poo emoji is accompanied by a short YouTube video that asks: “Do you want to be remembered only for the mess you leave behind?”

November 25th, 2016

Solicitor on hook for £4.65m losses caused by fraudulent partner fails in bid to have insurer pay

mortgage application

A solicitor whose law firm partner has gone to jail for four years for mortgage fraud has lost her bid to have the £4.65m losses being sought from her covered by the firm’s professional indemnity insurer, even though she was not alleged to have had any personal involvement in the frauds.

November 24th, 2016

Divorce app pioneers replace solicitors with ‘divorce coaches’

Kate Daly Amicable Apps

Divorce pioneers Amicable Apps have launched a ground-breaking advice service to complement the launch of the final version of their app. Clients who want more help in handling their divorce than the app can provide are directed to ‘divorce coaches’, who could be non-practising lawyers but may have no legal training at all.

November 23rd, 2016

AI app that replaces lawyers “could be used in divorce cases”

Chrissie Lightfoot 2

The technology behind an artificial intelligence app created to help businesspeople draft confidentiality agreements will be extended to other commercial and consumer products such as wills, and may in time be suitable for in family law cases, according to its creator.

November 22nd, 2016

Lawtech start-up attempts to automate small claims

Frederic Pelouze

In the first of a new series of features profiling lawtech start-ups, we investigate, a business working to use technology to automate small claims on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, and eventually expects claims to be resolved without human involvement.

November 21st, 2016

Pilot online convictions with TV licence evasion, says Law Society

TV wall

The government should pilot its plans to digitise low-level summary convictions with TV licence evasion, rather than train and tram fare evasion, the Law Society has said. It also opposed piloting the online system on statutory fixed fines for low-level anti-social and nuisance offending.

November 21st, 2016

Firm’s negligent advice to divorcing husband led to “over-generous settlement”


A judge has ruled that the advice lawyers gave in ancillary relief proceedings was negligent and that if the claimant had been properly advised, he would have settled on better terms. But he dismissed an allegation that the solicitor had fabricated her file notes.

November 18th, 2016

Legal profession part of the problem as commission says social mobility is getting worse

Alan Milburn

Privately educated people still dominate the legal profession, with barriers to entry for those from less affluent backgrounds are even more acute at the Bar than among solicitors, the Social Mobility Commission said yesterday.

November 17th, 2016