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Susskind: Machines will replace lawyers if they deliver better outcomes

15 November 2018

Clients value lawyers for the outcomes they deliver and will switch to technology based alternatives if they produce the better or cheaper results, Professor Richard Susskind has claimed.

County court to test video hearings in year-long pilot

13 November 2018

A year-long pilot to hear applications to set aside county court default judgments by an internet-enabled video link will begin at the end of this month.

High Court judge: ethical and legal framework for AI “imperative”

13 November 2018

An ethical and legal framework is “imperative” for artificial intelligence and the financial world had shown what happened without one, a High Court judge has warned.

Eversheds rolls out app to capture internal innovation ideas

13 November 2018

A global law firm has designed and implemented a crowdsourcing web app to harness innovative ideas from its thousands of employees worldwide.

No point in conveyancers trying to “export” Dreamvar fraud risk

12 November 2018

Conveyancers acting for buyers should “think” rather than “automatically try to export the risk of identity fraud onto the seller’s conveyancer”, a specialist barrister has warned.

City firm did not unfairly dismiss employee, tribunal rules

9 November 2018

City firm DAC Beachcroft acted with “conspicuous good faith” when dealing with a pregnant employee facing redundancy, a tribunal has ruled.

SQE “will increase inequality and deter working class students”

9 November 2018

The idea that the Solicitors Qualifying Examination will improve diversity is false and instead it will have “devastating effects” on many individuals, two academics have claimed.

High Court orders partner to sell his share of law firm

8 November 2018

The High Court has ruled that a partner in a law firm who paid himself £16,500 after he had left the firm and was “effectively competing with it” breached his director’s duties.

SQE to be introduced in autumn 2021

8 November 2018

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination – the new way that solicitors will qualify – will be launched in autumn 2021, with the candidate fee likely to range between £3,000 and £4,500.

Gauke urges profession to push further on diversity

7 November 2018

The legal profession has “a real opportunity to blaze a trail” on diversity, the Lord Chancellor said today. David Gauke said women at the very top of the profession should be the norm.

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14 November 2018

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