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Digital assets “are property” under English law

19 November 2019

Blockchain and smart contracts were given a major boost yesterday, when the expert panel charged with giving the technology legal certainty declared they should be treated in principal as property.

Supreme Court judge calls for independent algorithm regulator

19 November 2019

A Supreme Court justice has called for the creation of an expert commission to act as “a sort of independent regulator” of algorithms, staffed by coding technicians, with lawyers and ethicists.

Boxer’s banker fails in negligence claim against lawyers

18 November 2019

A solicitor, his law firm and the barrister they instructed have been granted summary judgment on a negligence claim brought against them by a banker fired for his work with boxer David Haye.

Top judge tells business lawyers: Get ready for the future

14 November 2019

The Chancellor of the High Court has urged commercial lawyers to prepare for the disruptive impact of technology on the law, the legal system and legal profession before others “steal a march” on them.

Susskind calls for global online court revolution

14 November 2019

Professor Richard Susskind has called for the development of a “standard, adaptable, global platform for online courts” that can be rolled out to fortify access to justice around the world.

Scully: Not having gone to university was “terrible stigma”

13 November 2019

A leading personal injury lawyer has described how working for a “posh law firm” while not having gone to university felt like “a terrible stigma”.

Solicitors “need to get out more” to boost profession’s image

13 November 2019

Sixteen-year-olds have been invited to compete in a competition aimed at educating them about the work of a solicitor and testing their aptitude, with the winner receiving financial support to become one.

Approval of SQE not a foregone conclusion, LSB warns

12 November 2019

Approval of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam is not a foregone conclusion, the Legal Services Board is to make clear to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Issues such as quality and cost must be addressed.

Law firms’ “shocking” vulnerability to cyber criminals

12 November 2019

The vast majority of major law firms still have significant unaddressed cyber-risk, despite repeated urging by regulators, insurers and others to shore up their defences, according to new research.

Law degrees unnecessarily homogenous, research finds

11 November 2019

Law schools are not taking advantage of the “enormous regulatory freedom” they have and instead are largely all offering the same kind of law degree, new research has found.

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18 November 2019

Protecting data in the cloud – a guide for law firms

Despite all of its advantages by way of ease and efficiency in a digital world, storing data within the cloud does not come without risks. Firms have to ensure they are safeguarded from a potentially disastrous loss.

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