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One in three legal consumers using online services

30 July 2019

A third of consumers are now accessing legal services online while telephone-based services are declining, new research has found. However, the proportion shopping around is still relatively low.

City firm called in to advise on Legal Access Challenge

29 July 2019

The innovation division of City law firm Ashurst has been appointed as technical adviser to the Legal Access Challenge, which aims to support and accelerate ideas to use technology to improve access to justice. The challenge is the centrepiece of… Read More

MPs restrict role of Lord Chief in setting online court rules

26 July 2019

MPs have backed a government amendment that would limit the role of the Lord Chief Justice in approving requests to make new rules for the proposed online court.

More backing for AI contract drafting start-up

24 July 2019

An artificial intelligence start-up whose contract-writing assistant draws on a law firm’s own body of data and teaches itself without the need for training by lawyers, has received a further £1.2m in seed funding.

DWF trainee loses unfair dismissal claim over confidential emails

22 July 2019

A trainee solicitor fired by listed law firm DWF for sharing confidential client information with a friend has failed in her unfair dismissal claim before an employment tribunal.

Government to legislate for legal advice on NDAs

22 July 2019

The government has pledged to change the law to ensure that employees signing non-disclosure agreements receive independent legal advice, and work with the SRA on updated guidance.

MPs urge caution over speed of online court development

19 July 2019

MPs have urged the government to learn the lessons of previous major IT projects and move cautiously with the development on online courts.

University’s legal tech students build app for advice centre

18 July 2019

Law students on Manchester University’s first ever legal tech and access to justice course have designed an app to enable clients of its legal advice centre to find help when the centre is closed.

Law firm’s NDA under spotlight in tribunal case

17 July 2019

A tribunal was entitled to allow a law firm facing a discrimination claim from a former solicitor to have its say on whether an ex-colleagues should be ordered to give evidence, having signed an NDA.

Crime agency adds online lawyer impersonation to hit list

17 July 2019

The impersonation of lawyers to commit advance fee frauds has been added to the list of large-scale cyber-attacks from which the National Cyber Security Centre is trying to protect the public.

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13 August 2019

Managing internal and external procedures to drive success

Managing a large volume of cases simultaneously with regulation can often prove challenging. But it comes amid a shift towards a more digital approach to case management.

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