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In-house lawyers need to “grasp nettle” with legal tech

4 December 2019

Law firms are “way ahead” of in-house lawyers in adoption of legal tech and the latter need to “grasp the nettle”, the chief executive of a start-up which helps corporate counsel manage their workload has argued.

Law firms “fobbing off clients” with AI claims

3 December 2019

Lawyers’ devotion to billable hour has stopped truly disruptive technology from changing the way legal services are delivered to the public, last week’s Legal Futures Innovation Conference was told.

Arbitration and ODR to settle smart contract disputes

3 December 2019

Arbitration and online dispute resolution should be used when there are disputes about smart contracts, the Chancellor of the High Court has said.

Online law school bursts onto scene for SQE

28 November 2019

An online-only law school entered the market yesterday to deliver the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination, with heavyweight backing from leading academics and lawyers.

Pre-92 universities lead way with BPTC pass-rates

26 November 2019

The pre-1992 universities achieve the best results in the centralised exams taken by students on the Bar Professional Training Course, it has emerged.

Algorithmic-based decision-making is “risk to justice”

26 November 2019

The head of the Criminal Bar Association has outlined her “grave concerns” about algorithmic technology that is being used in the justice system without adequate regulation.

Hale: Half of judges will be women by 2033

25 November 2019

Half of the judges in England and Wales will be women in fewer than 14 years, Lady Hale predicted this weekend, suggesting that Lord Sumption was wrong to says gender parity would take 50 years.

Law firm co-founder was not an employee, tribunal rules

22 November 2019

One of the barrister founders of a pioneering legal aid firm in the North-East was not an employee or worker and so cannot bring unfair dismissal and other claims, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Supreme Court backs miner’s claim against solicitors

20 November 2019

A miner who lost the chance of compensation due to the negligence of his solicitors is entitled to damages because later evidence indicating that he was not eligible was irrelevant, the Supreme Court has ruled.

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.

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