Technology


Freshfields: Covid has “accelerated” innovation culture change

9 July 2020

The demands of working under Covid-19 has led to an accelerated culture change at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with lawyers much more willing to adopt tech solutions rapidly.


Farewill raises £20m to fuel exponential growth

8 July 2020

Online will-writer Farewill has raised £20m as it targets a major expansion in revenue, staff numbers and new services, including powers of attorney.


Investors back lawyer-free online divorce service

7 July 2020

An online service that helps divorcing couples draft their own documents and not use lawyers has received a new round of funding to increase the number of people it can help.


AI redefining what it means to be a ‘great’ lawyer

6 July 2020

Automation in the legal profession will most probably be “a decades-long process” but artificial intelligence (AI) is redefining what it means to be a ‘great’ lawyer.


DoNotPay targets UK expansion after $12m investment

24 June 2020

The ground-breaking DoNotPay chatbot – which describes itself as the world’s first robot lawyer – is to ramp up its UK offering after securing $12m (£9.6m) in backing from Silicon Valley.


Email interception “weakest link” in fight against cybercrime

24 June 2020

Security experts have highlighted email interception as the “weakest link” in firms’ defences against cybercrime in the property market.


PE company adds legal tech business to law firm portfolio

19 June 2020

A private equity company that last year bought two major volume conveyancing firms has now taken a minority stake in a solicitor-owned legal technology company for £1.5m.


Unregulated providers leading way with consumer legal tech

18 June 2020

Unregulated providers are leading the way with developing consumer-facing legal technology, showing that the way solicitors are regulated is “not an obstacle to innovation”.


In-house training institute aims to transform “digital laggards”

16 June 2020

A not-for-profit training institute for in-house lawyers is aiming to transform those often portrayed by other staff as “digital laggards” into digital leaders.


McFarlane clears way for more remote family hearings

10 June 2020

The president of the Family Division has cleared the way for more remote hearings, including those where parents and children appear as witnesses, by revising the guidance for judges.


More funding for platform that “lets lawyers express themselves visually”

5 June 2020

A start-up created by an ex-City lawyer to help lawyers and clients visualise complex legal structures and transactions is in a new funding round having already raised £2m.


Remote hearings “can deal with credibility issues”

4 June 2020

People should not presume that remote hearings cannot be used for cases where the credibility of witnesses is at stake, the IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice has said.


Lawtech products “may need direct regulation”

1 June 2020

Lawtech products may need to be directly regulated as they become more complex, and it is harder for lawyers to understand how the underlying algorithms work, new research has suggested.


Law firms under constant cyber-attack

28 May 2020

Law firms are “performing admirably” in response to daily cybersecurity threats, but are still being successfully compromised, research has found.


Gina Miller takes on new campaign: wills reform

28 May 2020

Businesswoman Gina Miller has turned to the “outdated” wills legislation in her latest campaign, calling for emergency measures to help people make wills during the Covid-19 crisis.

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Blog


Planning for retirement
8 July 2020

In 2006 I started thinking about retirement whilst founding a boutique practice specialising in partnership and employment law. Ten years later, a friend told me that I would never be able to retire.


Time for a new regulatory settlement
3 July 2020

The problem with reform based on a compromise with vested interests is that it ends up being more pig’s ear than silk purse and the Legal Services Act 2007 is no exception.


Reports


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Our latest special report, produced in association with Temple Legal Protection, looks at the role of after-the-event (ATE) insurance in commercial litigation post-LASPO. We are at a time when insurers, solicitors, clients and litigation funders work ever more closely to create funding packages that work for all of them, with conditional fee and even damages-based agreements now part of many law firms’ armoury.