Practice points

LAG dips toe in water to provide online employment advice

18 February 2019

A legal think tank and charity has launched an online employment rights advice service to fill a gap created by LASPO cuts in legal aid. It is starting in London with a view to rolling out nationally.

Law Society: Firms slow to adopt disruptive technology

15 February 2019

Law firms are under increasing pressure to adopt lawtech, with the rewards “potentially huge”, but the profession has still been slow to embrace systems that would radically change legal services.

Raleys ruling “good news for law firms and their insurers”

14 February 2019

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on solicitors’ professional negligence is good news for both law firms and their insurers, and should stem the flow of claims about the under-settlement of PI cases.

Supreme Court overturns law firm negligence decision

13 February 2019

The Supreme Court has overturned a Court of Appeal ruling that a negligent law firm should have to compensate its former client for failing to make a claim.

Companies using contract AI to help with Brexit and GDPR

13 February 2019

More than a quarter of corporations using artificial intelligence software to review contracts are doing so for Brexit-related reasons but the technology will not remove the need for lawyers.

From 100% to 37% – huge variation in LPC providers’ pass rates

12 February 2019

Some institutions teaching the legal practice course have recorded 100% pass rates, while others are under 50%, and a performance gap based on student ethnicity continues.

Supreme Court to rule on damages in solicitors’ negligence claims

12 February 2019

The Supreme Court is to decide when the prospects of success of a claim lost because of the negligence of a solicitor should be judged for the purposes of damages, it announced yesterday.

Court modernisation delivers £158m in savings so far

11 February 2019

The court modernisation programme has realised £158m in “benefits” to date, more than was anticipated, the Ministry of Justice has revealed. It is also to create an advisory panel.

Platform aims to give SMEs legal advice without lawyers

6 February 2019

A barrister entrepreneur has launched a DIY platform aimed at giving small businesses subscription access to straightforward legal advice without recourse to a human lawyer.

Linklaters wins “women in the workplace” injunction

6 February 2019

City firm Linklaters has won an interim injunction to stop its former business development director from releasing what the firm argues is confidential information relating to staff.

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18 February 2019
John Espley LEAP

E-signatures: A sign of the times

Using the internet or a smartphone app has become second nature to most of us and handling legal transactions digitally should be no different. The emergence of e-signatures is making this a reality.

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