Lawyers will be able to replace work lost to online court, says government

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Lawyers should be able to replace any work lost to the online court with other cases, the government said yesterday, although it did not suggest how this would be done. The blithe statement came in an impact assessment published alongside the Prisons and Courts Bill.

February 24th, 2017

Study finds AI and other technology less of a threat to lawyers’ jobs than believed

Dana Remus UNC

Technology is displacing lawyers’ jobs at a slower pace than often thought, with most areas of legal practice at only low or moderate threat from encroachment by software, according to a study. It also called for effective professional regulation of legal technologies to protect clients and the values of legal systems.

February 24th, 2017

Relate puts pioneering online divorce project on hold


A project to create the first online dispute resolution system for divorcing and separating couples in the UK has been put on hold, Legal Futures has been told. Relate, the country’s largest provider of relationship support, received no government funding for the project, and instead relied on private backers, including Google.

February 23rd, 2017

Start-up uses AI to make contracts “easy for consumers to understand”

Meeta Gournay Nift

A service that aims to use artificial intelligence to make legal contracts readily understandable by consumers is the latest of our lawtech start-up profiles. We investigate six-month-old Nift, which is already employed by some big-name companies.

February 13th, 2017

Computer says ‘guilty’ – online convictions set to become reality

Heathrow Connect train at Paddington

Defendants will soon be able to plead guilty, be convicted and pay a penalty immediately and entirely online for certain offences, the Ministry of Justice announced yesterday as digital justice moved a step closer to reality.

February 9th, 2017

Global firm deploys robots to slash time spent on legal processes

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A global law firm is deploying robotic process automation software in its high-volume legal practices, in some cases reducing the time taken to complete tasks from 35 minutes to just four minutes. But it told Legal Futures that its aim was to improve efficiency, not replace people.

February 9th, 2017

From idea to app in two days – the lawyers and tech companies aiding Trump travel ban immigrants

Donald Trump

A group of volunteer lawyers and software developers worked over last weekend to create a new app to help travellers impacted by the Trump administration’s ‘immigration ban’, in what has been described as a “fantastic example of rapid prototyping and iterative design”.

February 8th, 2017

Baker McKenzie to introduce AI-based due diligence technology as part of innovation drive

Jason Marty

Baker McKenzie, the world’s second biggest law firm, has announced plans to introduce due diligence software based on machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, as part of an innovation drive that looks to import ‘design thinking’ into how it delivers legal services.

February 7th, 2017

AI-based start-up aims to give law firm and their clients glimpse of the future

David Benigson Signal

A start-up using artificial intelligence (AI) to filter news and information, offering services that include being able to track how firms are perceived in the media and also give them intelligence tailored to their clients’ businesses, has acquired several major practices as clients.

February 6th, 2017

Call for delay to making online court mandatory by “up to 10 years”

Lord Justice Briggs

The online court should be trialled alongside physical courts for five to 10 years because so many people will be excluded – some one in five according to government figures – from accessing digital-only services, according to a leading researcher.

February 3rd, 2017