Practice Management


Start-ups boosted by £1.2m investment and top judge hire

17 August 2021

PocketLaw, a start-up aiming to provide a one-stop shop for the legal needs of SMEs, has secured further funding of £1.2m, while an online divorce service has named a top judge as an advisor.


Major study proposes ODR to handle small business debt cases

6 August 2021

An online dispute resolution platform would help solve the problem of late payment debt by providing SMEs with a quick and cheap alternative to traditional lawyer-based solutions.


Law Society: Solicitors must not use AI without clients’ consent

30 July 2021

Clients should be put at the heart of legal technology by law firms, including being asked for consent before artificial intelligence is deployed, solicitors have been told.


Technology and innovation “step-change” in last year but barriers persist

27 July 2021

The past year has seen a “step change” in the adoption of legal technology and innovation, in part as a result of Covid-19, a major piece of new research has found. However, significant barriers remain.


Fears about using judicial data to predict judges’ actions “exaggerated”

26 July 2021

Access to judicial data should be made easier to increase public trust, while fears it will be used to create accurate predictions of what judges will do are overblown, a seminar heard last week.


Investment in lawtech companies doubles but firms lag behind

15 July 2021

The average annual growth rate for investment in UK lawtech companies over the past three years has hit 101%, a much bigger number than that seen in sectors such as finance or health.


Blockchain network aims to provide “missing link” for conveyancing

14 July 2021

A house in Kent is the first being sold using a blockchain network that connects conveyancers with estate agents and mortgage lenders.


Public supports stronger ongoing competence checks for lawyers

9 July 2021

There is near unanimity among the public that lawyers should have to demonstrate more actively than now that they remain competent throughout their careers, the Legal Services Board has found.


Pregnant trainee fails in claim over no post-qualification job offer

9 July 2021

A solicitor who claimed she was not offered a job after completing her training contract because she was pregnant has lost her discrimination claim in the employment tribunal.


Child sex offender loses appeal based on inadequate legal advice

8 July 2021

The Court of Appeal has rejected the claim that a man convicted of a sexual offence after a police officer posed online as a child was given inadequate legal advice.


Regulator intervenes over concern about “PII market failure”

5 July 2021

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has had to intervene after two professional indemnity insurers offered firms cover that did not comply with its minimum terms.


SQE will “move the bottleneck” from law schools to employers

1 July 2021

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam will make it easier for people to qualify as solicitors but move the “bottleneck” to newly qualified roles, a leading academic and the training head of a major law firm have predicted.


Susskind: “Harder than expected” to reduce legal work to lawyer-free process

28 June 2021

The extent to which legal work can be reduced purely to administration and process has been overstated and in fact “lawyers are needed for all legal jobs”, Professor Richard Susskind has acknowledged.


City lawyers “need help from their firms” to engage with technology

28 June 2021

Lawyers have been reluctant to engage with technology partly because law firm partners haven’t given junior staff enough time to learn how it can help them, according to a government-backed report.


Signs of progress as courts support barrister’s childcare responsibilities

24 June 2021

A barrister has spoken about her “really positive” recent experiences of courts accommodating “the practicalities and balancing acts being carried out by those with children”.

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