Go back to the drawing board, Susskind tells conveyancers

Future for Lawyers conference at RBS

Conveyancers should set up a project to plan the future of their industry and start with a “blank sheet of paper”, Professor Richard Susskind has said. Conveyancing would look “radically different” a decade from now, he argued, and it was a mistake to think that this would be achieved by “leisurely evolution”.

December 9th, 2016

CJC group urges government to consider online system for PI small claims

Man Helps Injured Woman with her Neck Brace

Personal injury claims that fall into an enlarged small claims track under government reforms should be dealt with online rather than in court, an expert Civil Justice Council group has suggested to the Ministry of Justice. It said that moving cases to the county court would be the “worst answer” to the many problems the idea could cause.

December 9th, 2016

Injury firm teams up with university in bid to develop AI for “decision support”

Ed Fletcher

A leading north-west injury practice has received public money to back a link-up with academics that aims to develop ground-breaking artificial intelligence technology to support decision-making within the firm. It has formed a knowledge transfer partnership with Liverpool University.

December 8th, 2016

Small business group urges reform of legal system to deal better with disputes


Small businesses need a “beefed up” legal system that prevents disputes in the first place and resolves those that occur more, their representative body said today. This includes integrating the online court “seamlessly” with other courts, and a specialist commercial track in the small claims court.

December 8th, 2016

‘Friday afternoon’ fraud cost profession at least £7m in past year, says SRA

Concept of internet security

E-mail hacks of conveyancing transactions are the most common cybercrime in the legal sector, with £7m of client losses reported in the last year, according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. It said that three-quarters of cybercrimes reported to the SRA in the 12 months are some form of ‘Friday afternoon’ fraud.

December 8th, 2016

Government eyes online dispute resolution for employment cases

Internet connection

The government yesterday began laying the ground for the online resolution of certain employment disputes, in the first sector-specific example of plans to transform the justice system. It also set out greater uses of case officers among other recommendations of Lord Justice Briggs that are being adopted.

December 6th, 2016

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

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