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Land Registry drops ‘top 50 name and shame’ plan

26 March 2019

The Land Registry has dropped plans to publish a chart of the top 50 law firms it deals with, ranked by the number of incomplete or erroneous applications they make.

Partner wins sexual assault claim against former firm

25 March 2019

A solicitor has won a claim of sexual harassment against her former firm after one of its partners was found to have tried to kiss her on two separate occasions.

Judges, not HMCTS, will have “final say” on video hearings

21 March 2019

Judges are “embedded” in all the projects that make up the £1bn court modernisation programme and whether hearings are held by video or person will always be a matter of judicial discretion.

“Some lawyers have been suffering from GDPR fever”

20 March 2019

Some lawyers have been suffering from “GDPR fever” over the past year and given bad advice based on limited knowledge or too cautious an approach, a leading data protection law specialist has warned.

Susskind: Lawyers wrong to think technology cannot replace them

20 March 2019

Lawyers are wrong to think that there are tasks beyond technology that only they can carry out, Professor Richard Susskind has warned. He urged lawyers to help build the machines, not compete with them.

Let robots own property, Supreme Court justice suggests

19 March 2019

Computers using artificial intelligence could be given separate legal personalities enabling them to own property as the law adapts to technology, a Supreme Court justice has suggested.

Firm “fairly dismissed” solicitor in dispute over sitting as judge

18 March 2019

A solicitor has failed in his claim for unfair dismissal after he refused to accede to his firm’s request to stop sitting as a deputy district judge because it needed him to focus on the practice.

Call for legal AI to have “ethical black box” to explain decisions

18 March 2019

AI should be developed in conjunction with a wide range of non-technical specialists, while an ‘ethical black box’ showing how a system made particular decisions may also be needed.

Law Commission “pauses” smart contracts project

13 March 2019

The Law Commission has “paused” its project on smart contracts to avoid potential duplication with work being undertaken by the government-backed lawtech delivery panel.

What amounts to sexual harassment in law firms “evolving fast”

12 March 2019

What is defined as harassment in law firms is evolving fast and a telephone call or text that was previously thought innocent might now be considered to be inappropriate, experts have warned.

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25 March 2019

Lessons from the DWF IPO

DWF became the largest law firm listing in British history after its successful IPO earlier this month. As competitors keep a careful eye on its progress, what lessons can they draw as to public listings?

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