Technology


Digital courts take next step forward with damages claims pilot

18 June 2021

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has launched a pilot scheme that allows lawyers to manage and progress the initial stages of certain civil damages claims online.


Gateley criticised for not protecting client data

18 June 2021

A law firm specialising in data breach litigation has criticised Gateley for not keeping client data safe in the wake of the cyber-attack it suffered earlier this week.


Gateley suffers loss of client data in cyber-attack

16 June 2021

Client data has been stolen from Gateley in a cyber-attack, the listed law firm has revealed. The firm said it was “confident that the incident has been confined to a very small part of its data store”.


Conveyancing platform aims to be “central source of truth”

16 June 2021

A conveyancing platform which aims to provide a “central source of truth” for buyers, sellers, estate agents and lawyers is being tested by law firms in Kent.


Google’s Black Founders Fund backs UK lawtech start-up

14 June 2021

A contract drafting and review business founded by former Freshfields associates is one of 30 companies to receive funding from the Google for Startups inaugural European Black Founders Fund.


Susskind: “Trainees will learn like astronauts – with virtual reality”

14 June 2021

Trainee lawyers in future may do their legal training by using immersive virtual reality software simulating the practice environment, like astronauts preparing for space, Professor Richard Susskind has predicted.


Smaller firms lead the pack on website performance

11 June 2021

Two of the smaller firms in the UK top 200 law firms are leading the way on website performance, new research has found. Stephensons and Lindsays ousted Pinsent Masons and DLA.


Swedish start-up brings one-stop business law advice shop to UK

10 June 2021

A Swedish start-up which aims to provide a one-stop shop for the legal needs of small and medium-sized businesses launched in the UK this week.


Slater & Gordon launches “revolutionary” digital legal services offering

1 June 2021

Slater & Gordon has launched ‘miplatform’, what it says is a ‘first of its kind’ digital legal service that enables clients to progress their matters with little or no direct contact with a lawyer.


Exclusive: Pioneering legal services advice app shut down

21 May 2021

An American company that sought to bring subscription-based legal services to the mainstream consumer market in the UK has shuttered its operation after less than two years.


App launches with huge range of legal help to consumers and SMEs

17 May 2021

An app for SMEs to diagnose and get guidance on their legal problems has now launched a consumer version that helps users find and book a lawyer, and is integrated with government services.


Small firms increasingly worried by competition from online providers

13 May 2021

Small law firms increasingly see online legal services providers as their biggest commercial threat, and are becoming more worried about DIY providers too, new research has shown.


Solicitor sells HR software company to PE-backed healthcare business

10 May 2021

A solicitor who sold his stake in the law firm he co-founded to focus on a HR software company set up at the same time has now sold the IT business.


Investors back start-up that turns collaborating lawyers into virtual firm

5 May 2021

A lawtech start-up has far exceeded its target to raise funding of £120,000 for software that links lawyers who know each other so they can collaborate remotely and compete with large firms.


Half of in-house lawyers say companies miss contract renewals

4 May 2021

Almost half of in-house lawyers say their companies are missing automatic contract renewals, with some resorting to Post-it notes or writing on their hands to remind themselves.

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