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Susskind clashes with MPs on digital exclusion

26 June 2019

Professor Richard Susskind, IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice, clashed with MPs yesterday over whether the government’s court modernisation programme is doing enough to combat digital exclusion.

Bias still hindering women targeting partnership at big firms

25 June 2019

Only 33% of new partners at Europe’s biggest law firms are women with bias from both male colleagues and male clients the main reason for gender imbalance, a report has found.

Peers back greater role for Lord Chief in online court rules

25 June 2019

Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge yesterday defeated government efforts to limit the extent to which future holders of the post will have a veto over the work of the online procedure rule committee.

Digital conveyancing used to market high-value commercial property

24 June 2019

The march of blockchain-backed property transactions accelerated this week when a high-value commercial building went on the market with online execution offered by a digital estate agent.

AI-backed contract review “decodes obscure language”

24 June 2019

Artificial intelligence has been deployed to bridge the gap between ‘legalease’ and plain English, standardising something that has long been the exclusive preserve of lawyers.

PII reform views “evolving” due to market changes

21 June 2019

There are powerful reasons why the SRA and Law Society could reverse their positions respectively in favour of and against reform of professional indemnity insurance, it has been claimed.

Legal profession launches pledge to achieve gender equality

20 June 2019

Solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives, supported by Lord Chancellor David Gauke, have launched a pledge to “achieve gender equality in senior ranks of the profession”.

Women lawyers face uphill struggle on fees and salaries

19 June 2019

Some clients expect discounts on fees for using a female lawyer while women who push for higher salaries are likely to be labelled “aggressive”, a global survey by the Law Society has found. The report concluded that quotas could help… Read More

Firm awarded costs over paralegal’s “dishonest” disability claim

18 June 2019

A law firm which faced a disability discrimination claim from a paralegal found to have doctored a document used to bolster his case has been awarded costs.

Lord Chief Justice “to have veto” over extension of online courts

18 June 2019

The government is set to give the Lord Chief Justice the power of veto over what areas of law are moved into an online court system, it has emerged.

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26 June 2019

In conversation with a diversity and inclusion specialist

Most businesses have got challenges around their gender pay gaps. Some are still viewing the process as simply being a yearly reporting requirement, and are not really looking at the effects.

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