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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.

Government invests to research how AI can improve the law

28 November 2018

The government is to fund research into the potential for AI to improve the legal system, with a warning that, if the technology is mishandled, it could have dire consequences.

Divorce is not a “blank cheque” for litigation, judge warns

27 November 2018

Litigation is not a “blank cheque” and divorcing people cannot behave on the basis that they are bound to be reimbursed for their costs, a leading family law judge has warned.

Labour promises Bar training overhaul as part of legal reforms

26 November 2018

A Labour government will reform barristers’ training by putting it back in the hands of the Inns of Court and ending the “profiteering” by commercial providers, Baroness Chakrabarti has said.

Training review professors criticise “rudimentary” SQE

21 November 2018

The four lead researchers behind the Legal Education and Training Review, which paved the way for radical changes in legal education, have criticised the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

LCJ: Digital exclusion from online justice “a very small problem”

21 November 2018

The Lord Chief Justice is optimistic that digital exclusion resulting from the government’s court modernisation programme will be a “very small problem”, he said yesterday.

Law firms embracing tech but holding back on AI due to cost

20 November 2018

Law firms are adopting new technology in wide variety of ways, contradicting the received wisdom that they have been slow to embrace change, according to a new report.

Solicitor launches AI-backed platform to engage with clients

19 November 2018

An artificial intelligence-backed platform designed to elicit key information from new law firm clients and put them at their ease has launched in the UK, initially targeted at family law practices.

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14 December 2018

The Leigh Day Letters: Looking for the smoking gun

So what to make of the correspondence published yesterday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority about its dealings with the government over the Leigh Day case?

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