Current open consultations

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29 March 2010


Name: Moving toward a fairer fee policy: transitional arrangements
Who: Solicitors Regulation Authority
Closing date: 16 April
In brief: The third consultation on fee policy, this considers ways to moderate the impact of using the firms’ turnover figure to set the new turnover-based fee, where firms have subsequently been hit by the recession.
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Name: Development of authorisation to practise arrangements
Who: Bar Standards Board
Closing date: 1 June
In brief: The board proposed a strengthened approach to the practising certificate renewal process which is more directly linked to compliance with the criteria that must be met in order to practise as a barrister, such as CPD and professional indemnity insurance cover.
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Woebots and robots

Nadia chatbot

The chances are that you may not be entirely sure what a bot or a chatbot is. So, the news that, “starting today, DoNotPay is opening up so that anyone can create legal bots for free (with no technical knowledge)” may be a bit opaque. But bots have their devotees. The picture is of Nadia, an Australian bot being developed to give information on disability benefits with the voice of Cate Blanchett. The editor of Chatbots Magazine (OK, no neutral source) is pretty clear about their future. He writes articles with titles like ‘How bots will completely kill websites and mobile apps’. Joshua Browder, the creator of the DoNotPay parking ticket challenger, is behind what he hopes will be this major expansion of legal bots.

July 21st, 2017