Daughter in CoP case questions “second-rate” Skype justice

1 April 2020

An academic who was present at the first Court of Protection hearing to be conducted over Skype last month has raised concerns over its impact on relatives and witnesses.

Lawyers and HMCTS launch remote hearings resource

30 March 2020

A project has gone live enabling the global justice community to share experiences of developing remote alternatives to physical court hearings in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Don’t believe the hype: “Modest” take-up of lawtech

23 March 2020

The take-up of many forms of lawtech are “modest” in England and Wales, and especially so for technology assisted by artificial intelligence, despite the hype around it, new research has found.

Court service set to pilot online PI claims system

11 March 2020

A pilot for dealing with personal injury claims online is set to launch in late spring. It will be developed during the year so claims can be completed online all the way to the final hearing.

Video witnessing of deeds moves step closer

6 March 2020

Witnessing deeds by video link has moved a step closer after the government accepted a call to set up an industry working group to consider it, while agreeing the law already allows electronic signatures.

Sexism denying female start-up founders investment

5 March 2020

Female founders of legal start-ups are confronting sexism among investors, including having to answer demeaning questions like ‘have you frozen your eggs?’.

City firms “falling behind global rivals” on technology

5 March 2020

Commercial law firms based in the UK are falling behind their global rivals in adopting new technology, including artificial intelligence and data analytics, a report has warned.

Kennedys spins off technology product arm

26 February 2020

Leading City law firm Kennedys has spun off its technology development into a separate business, dubbing its ‘Kennedys, without the lawyers’.

Consumer forum uses IBM partnership to build legal chatbot

25 February 2020

A partnership with IBM is helping leading consumer law forum LegalBeagles develop a chatbot that will answer the types of questions that people are regularly posting on the site.

Extended pilot of fully video hearings made opt-out

21 February 2020

A pilot of fully video hearings in the civil courts is to be extended and turned from opt-in to opt-out so as to drive more cases through the system, the Civil Procedure Rule Committee has decided.

SME legal app launches with consumer version to follow

17 February 2020

An app to help small business owners diagnose and get guidance on their legal problems has gone live – with a consumer version set to launch later this year – in the wake of a huge research project.

Standards committee backs AI “regulatory assurance body”

11 February 2020

A body that identifies gaps in the regulatory landscape on the use of artificial intelligence and advises individual regulators is needed as the technology develops, the government has been told.

Four legal tech companies chosen for accelerator

31 January 2020

Four legal businesses are among 30 chosen to join a flagship programme for mid-stage, fast-growing tech companies, with organisers saying it shows how the legal market is ripe for disruption.

Legaltech platforms receive vote of confidence from investors

9 January 2020

The transformation of legal contracts into technology-boosted “dynamic modular agreements” has caught the attention of a major investor, which has ploughed $5m (£3.8m) into lawtech start-up Juro.

Moving home using just an app comes a step closer

6 December 2019

A start-up aiming to give home buyers access to all the information on their move via an app is set to launch a pilot with several leading software providers – and through them law firms.

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