Competition hots up to become standard software for in-house teams

26 January 2021

A software platform aimed at bringing together the various apps used by corporate legal teams is launched today, while another product aimed at the same market has raised $14m.

GCs at private equity firms “lack control of legal spending”

25 January 2021

Senior in-house lawyers at large private equity firms are responsible for the cost of instructing law firms but lack the power to control it, a study has found.

National Audit Office challenges basis of court reforms

18 January 2021

A top National Audit Office official has asked fundamental questions of the government’s court reform programme, even as the head of the courts service extolled its performance during the pandemic.

AI pioneer closes in face of Thomson Reuters claim

14 December 2020

A pioneering lawtech business is shutting down in the face of litigation from Thomson Reuters that it says means it cannot raise funds.

Five businesses chosen for ‘lawtech sandbox’ pilot

8 December 2020

Five lawtech businesses are to join a ‘sandbox’ designed to “fast-track transformative ideas, products and services” with the help of legal and financial regulators.

Augmented lawyering: The challenge of AI is people, not money

7 December 2020

The challenge facing traditional law firms from artificial intelligence is not a lack of finance to invest in technology but having the right “human capital”, a study from Oxford University has argued.

Susskind advocates role of AI in transforming courts

4 December 2020

A future justice system could use AI technology to inform people of their chances of success and even provide automated determinations, according to futurist Professor Richard Susskind.

Lottery funding helps law firm launch free Covid fines app

3 December 2020

A not-for-profit criminal law firm has launched  a free web app aimed at people who have been issued fines for breaching the Coronavirus Regulations.

Law firm and start-ups awarded government cash to develop lawtech

2 December 2020

One law firm and five lawtech businesses have each received around £100,000 of government money to develop and accelerate commercialisation of their products and services during the pandemic.

UK innovation body seeks to boost legal sector in global AI competition

20 November 2020

A government-backed body is directing funds towards AI products that it hopes will help make the UK the world’s leading developer of high-tech innovations in legal services.

Dentons trials workflow app that “could remove” unconscious bias

17 November 2020

A global law firm is trialling a workflow app developed by one of its associates, who says it could save City practices up to £6m a year by making work allocation more efficient.

Virus backlogs must not become “new normal”, says Lord Chief

11 November 2020

The Lord Chief Justice told MPs yesterday that he is “extremely concerned” that the backlogs that have grown across the justice system since March should not be “viewed by anybody as the new normal”.

City sets out innovation blueprint amid fears over Covid impact

30 October 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic risks the huge progress made in using technology to innovate in legal services and find new ways of working, according to a report from the City of London Corporation.

Leading PI firm declares: We’re ready for whiplash reforms

29 October 2020

Minster Law has become the first major personal injury practice to state that it is ready for next year’s whiplash reforms by formally launching its self-service digital claims portal.

Lawyers “need outside help” to maximise lawtech start-ups

29 October 2020

Lawtech start-ups set up solely by lawyers grow more slowly than those that with coders among the founders, research by Oxford University has found.

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Everything has changed. Nothing has changed

For the majority of Black and ethnic minority citizens in this country, legal services are still as hard to reach, as hard to choose, or as hard to trust, as they were years ago.

Will this be the Year of Lawtech?

If 2020 taught us anything, it is that lawyers will not disappear any time soon. Still, paper will gradually disappear in favour of digital tools, investment in technology and better ways of working.