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“Confusion reigns” in applying tech to access to justice

17 September 2019

A damning report into legal technology and access to justice has found the advice sector beset by confusion and fragmentation, with most innovation taking place in the commercial part of the profession.

City firm gives away email management software

17 September 2019

City law firm Travers Smith is giving away free of charge home-grown email management software in the hope of to stimulating greater co-operation between firms.

Court modernisation still has long way to go, NAO warns

13 September 2019

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has made “good progress” in transforming some services, but there are still “significant challenges” ahead for the court modernisation programme, the NAO said today.

Deloitte launches three-year SQE training contracts

11 September 2019

Big Four accountant Deloitte has launched a pioneering three-year training contract, allowing trainees to study at the University of Law for one day a week and work the remaining four.

Solicitors ignoring importance of business skills

10 September 2019

There is a “fundamental disconnect” among solicitors between the skills they think they need and the ones they actually need, new research has suggested.

Hackathons not solving “intractable justice problems”

10 September 2019

The “hackers, hustlers and hipsters” of legal tech hackathons are “not enough” to solve the “intractable problems” of access to justice, a leading legal researcher has argued.

Anonymous reporting tool to aid barristers facing harassment

10 September 2019

Barristers will be able to make anonymous reports of bullying and harassment by their colleagues and judges after the Bar Council signed up to an online tool to aid the profession.

Government stumps up extra £250k for Legal Access Challenge

5 September 2019

The government has provided an extra £250,000 in funding for the Legal Access Challenge to double the number of finalists in and winners of the competition.

Law Commission paves way for video witnessing of deeds

5 September 2019

The Law Commission has paved the way for video witnessing of deeds by calling on the government to set up an industry working group which could consider the matter.

Tribunal rejects solicitor’s “attempts at character assassination”

4 September 2019

A solicitor who resigned without notice was in breach of contract, an employment tribunal has ruled after finding that it was not a case of constructive dismissal.

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16 September 2019

The Amazon effect

I have to be honest and say it still amazes me how many lawyers we come into contact with, who are still behaving like dinosaurs when it comes to technology. It’s not about chronological age.

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