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SRA: Law firms must be able to explain decisions made by AI

11 December 2018

Law firms must be able to explain “automated decisions”, including those involving artificial intelligence (AI), the Solicitors Regulation Authority has warned.

SQE does “violence to law” as academic discipline

11 December 2018

The introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination does “significant violence to law as an academic discipline and to our colleagues and students”, law lecturers have argued.

Crowdfunding call to battle ‘legal tech’ trade mark

11 December 2018

A legal technology conference organiser is attempting to crowdfund £5,000 for a challenge to the trademarking of the term ‘legal tech’, owned by a US-based legal publisher.

Discrimination claims against leading firm an “abuse of process”

11 December 2018

An employment tribunal has ruled that claims of racial discrimination and harassment brought against national firm Shoosmiths amount to an abuse of process.

Regulators “must guard against misuse of lawtech”

10 December 2018

AI-backed lawtech has the potential to improve access to justice but also carries a danger that automating law will be used negatively, an innovation charity has warned.

Law Society to start onsite visits to check firms’ CQS compliance

7 December 2018

The Law Society is dramatically beefing up oversight of its Conveyancing Quality Scheme by introducing onsite compliance checks and many more desk-based assessments.

Employment tribunals set for online justice pilot

6 December 2018

The employment tribunals are set to host the pilot of an end-to-end online service through which cases would be run, the president of tribunals has revealed. Machine learning could also be introduced.

Lord Chief backs “smartphone justice” but not so keen on AI

4 December 2018

There is no reason why litigants could not access the courts on their smartphones in future, the Lord Chief Justice said yesterday, but questioned the extent to which AI would handle judicial tasks.

Gauke hails ABSs and sector’s commitment to lawtech

30 November 2018

The Lord Chancellor yesterday hailed the impact of alternative business structures in driving competition and fostering innovation in the legal market.

Slater & Gordon backs app offering legal advice for £24 a month

29 November 2018

A new app that offers users the full range of consumer legal advice and support for £24 a month is to be piloted in the coming weeks ahead of a roll-out early next year.

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12 December 2018

Open justice and technology: Friend or foe?

Why not use this new age of technology to represent your client in court by simply logging on? However, with representation conducted from the privacy of your own space, just how ‘open’ might this process be?

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