Blockchain technology will be “game changer” in conveyancing

Matthew Pennington 2

Blockchain-backed ‘smart contracts’ will be a “game changer” in property transactions, increasing certainty for buyers and sellers as well as speeding up the house-buying process, it has been claimed. It follows the successful pilot of a fraud-resistant blockchain-based title registration system by Sweden’s land registry.

April 26th, 2017

Exclusive: Here comes Billy, the robot junior clerk

Stephen Ward

Innovative chambers Clerksroom is building Billy.Bot, a ‘robot junior clerk’ that will do the work of a traditional barristers’ clerk and also provide basic legal information to online users, Legal Futures can reveal. That is, except for taking a cut of barristers’ earnings.

April 13th, 2017

Let lawyers control supply of electronic legal documents, report says

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Lawyers should control the supply of “so-called standard electronic documents”, such as confidentiality deeds or contracts, a report has suggested. The report also highlighted the ethical and regulatory issues raised by artificial intelligence.

April 11th, 2017

Pioneering ODR platform to rein in ambitions after commercial setback

Corry Van Zeeland 2

The partnership behind an pioneering online dispute resolution platform for divorce is to be disbanded for commercial reasons, and the venture will be replaced by a scaled-down project that will for the first time involve face-to-face contact with lawyers.

April 3rd, 2017

Record number of investments in lawtech start-ups last year, as A&O launches incubator

Wim Dejonghe

A record number of start-ups targeting the legal market received funding around the world last year, new research has found. It comes as City giant Allen & Overy is to nurture legal tech start-ups with the creation of an incubator.

March 29th, 2017

Model for online court “will begin to hear small claims from 1 June”


The pioneering digital tribunal thought to be the model for England and Wales’s online court will begin resolving small claims disputes worth under about £3,000 on 1 June, it has emerged. British Columbia’s civil resolution tribunal claims to be “the first online tribunal in the world that is integrated into the public justice system”.

March 29th, 2017

Exclusive: Conveyancing chatbot aims to engage potential clients looking for a quote

Matthew Pennington 2

Leading conveyancing firm Convey Law has launched what is said to be the first fully automated chatbot that can engage with potential clients, provide instant conveyancing quotes, and then arrange a follow-up conversation with a member of its team.

March 24th, 2017

Kennedys paves way for AI-based future with version of virtual defence lawyer that instructs counsel

Richard West

City law firm Kennedys has launched an extended version of its virtual defence lawyer, which for the first time enables clients to send cases directly to counsel without the need for a solicitor. The firm is currently building a more advanced version of litigation management system KLAiM using AI.

March 15th, 2017

Online road traffic offences pioneer to launch private client service

Martin Langan

A solicitor and online legal services pioneer who developed the first automated system for clients to send briefs to counsel, is launching a private client service this summer that “enables people to pick and choose the legal services they need and want to pay for”.

March 14th, 2017

Clients are drawn to the advice more than the adviser, says Susskind

Future for Lawyers conference at RBS

The days of lawyers as trusted advisers are numbered because a reliable outcome to their issue is more important to clients than a relationship with their lawyer, Professor Richard Susskind has claimed. He also expressed concern about the impact of Brexit on the UK maintaining its focus on a period of unprecedented technological progress.

March 13th, 2017