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Digital legal services for low-income clients “close to tipping point”

The digital delivery of legal services in England and Wales to people formerly on legal aid could be at the cusp of a “tipping point”, according Britain’s foremost researcher into online law, Professor Roger Smith. He also predicted that high street law firms would be increasingly vulnerable to website-based national brands, as retailers have been to Amazon.

June 3rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Lord Low announces “winding up” of commission

The independent Low Commission, which has produced a series of influential reports on the future of social welfare law, is to “start a process of winding up”, its chairman has announced. Lord Low said funding was “increasingly hard to secure”.

April 14th, 2016 | No Comments »

Freshfields team wins Hackney Law Centre hackathon with A2J website

A team of computer coding specialists from magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won a groundbreaking ‘hackathon’ to create an IT-based product of use to Hackney Law Centre, with a multi-lingual access to justice website built from scratch in just 24 hours.

March 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Survey: Public want justice system to modernise faster to improve access

The public believes that the legal system should be modernised faster than is happening at present, with many feeling “the justice system has retained tradition at the expense of efficiency”, new research has found. Education about the law and legal process, and simplifying legal language were also keys to improving access to justice.

December 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Council of Europe report: ODR can improve access to justice

A report for the Council of Europe has argued that online dispute resolution and use of IT could improve access to justice by “offering solutions to the problems of judicial inefficiency, the high cost of litigation and geographical barriers”.

November 19th, 2015 | No Comments »

Mr Justice Mostyn: Nobody anticipated “savagery” of legal aid cuts

Mr Justice Mostyn has delivered some of the strongest judicial criticisms yet of the legal aid cuts and warned that “more are in prospect” under a majority Conservative government. His comments, though largely targeted at family law, came on the eve of today’s strike over pay by criminal law solicitors.

July 1st, 2015 | No Comments »

Innovation in private legal sector leads way for access to justice, says report

Harnessing the communications power of the digital revolution can go a long way towards filling the access to justice gap created by cuts in legal aid, according to a major report.

February 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Mayson warns regulators against denying ABS licences over access to justice fears

‘Advice deserts’ that appear as a result of competition brought about by alternative business structures cannot be dealt with effectively by regulators operating under the Legal Services Act, an academic study headed by Professor Stephen Mayson has argued.

December 20th, 2012 | No Comments »

LSB releases plan to monitor impact of ABSs on access to justice

The Legal Services Board yesterday laid out how it will monitor the impact of alternative business structures and other reforms on access to justice. The attempt to “baseline” access to justice and to evaluate change over time proposes 18 measures.

September 13th, 2012 | Comments Off on LSB releases plan to monitor impact of ABSs on access to justice

Townsend: SRA surprised by high level of ABS applications

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has so far received more alternative business structure applications than it expected, chief executive Antony Townsend admitted yesterday. He also suggested that there will in time be growing momentum towards consolidating the eight current legal regulators into one.

February 7th, 2012 | Comments Off on Townsend: SRA surprised by high level of ABS applications