Government set to mandate online probate applications

10 August 2020

Solicitor and other probate practitioners will have to apply online for grants of probate or letters of administration, under government proposals published today.

Lawtech firm eyes global push after raising £6m

6 August 2020

A lawtech business set up by a former City solicitor and his programmer brother is looking to expand further internationally after raising £6m in private equity funding.

Australia uses AI to help separating couples split assets

3 August 2020

The Australian government has launched a A$3m (£1.6m) online platform which uses artificial intelligence to help separating couples divide up their property.

Government awards cash for Covid lawtech innovation

31 July 2020

Technology to support remote working, open justice, communication with clients and online will signing are among businesses to received government funding supporting Covid-related innovation.

‘Deepfake’ warning over online courts

29 July 2020

Video manipulation software, including ‘deepfake’ technology, poses problems for remote courts in verifying evidence and that litigants or witnesses are who they say they are, a report has warned.

Solicitors bullish about future but doubtful about clients’ prospects

29 July 2020

Solicitors are generally bullish about the future, despite nearly one in four believing Covid-19 will harm their clients’ prospects and many predicting lower demand for legal services.

Land Registry embraces ‘witnessed electronic signatures’

27 July 2020

The last strict requirement to print and sign a paper document in a property transaction was removed today as HM Land Registry began accepting ‘witnessed electronic signatures’.

Legal sector “must be bold and embrace disruptive tech”

24 July 2020

Law firms need to have the courage to employ diverse and even abrasive characters who help disrupt the legal sector and ensure it does not fall behind other industries.

Double acquisition creates new big player in legal IT

21 July 2020

Hugely acquisitive IT company the Access Group has blown into the legal market by adding DPS Software to its purchase last month of Eclipse Legal Systems, with more deals to come.

Freshfields: Covid has “accelerated” innovation culture change

9 July 2020

The demands of working under Covid-19 has led to an accelerated culture change at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with lawyers much more willing to adopt tech solutions rapidly.

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