Law Commission targets smart contracts and digital assets

22 September 2020

The Law Commission has launched new projects to ensure that English law can accommodate smart contracts and digital assets.

Get ready for impact of blockchain, lawyers told

21 September 2020

Blockchain and associated distributed ledger technologies will storm the world of international commerce, boosted by the Covid-19 pandemic, new guidance for lawyers has predicted.

SME legal services platform goes global after City law firm invests

17 September 2020

An online legal services platform for SMEs is offering its clients access to lawyers around the world following a “significant” investment from a City law firm, it has emerged.

AI contract review innovator raises $10m

8 September 2020

AI contract review specialist ThoughtRiver has secured a $10m (£7.5m) investment from venture capitalists to expand its presence around the world, with extra spending in the US and South-East Asia.

Staff the main risk as firms report millions stolen by cybercriminals

4 September 2020

Most incidents of cybercrime suffered by law firms are due to individual errors and misunderstanding rather than systems being hacked, research by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has found.

Law firm uses clause game to train AI

2 September 2020

A commercial law firm is recruiting players to take part in the latest round of an online game to train an artificial intelligence tool which helps lawyers draft contracts.

Lawtech start-up focused on security raises further £1m

27 August 2020

A lawtech start-up specialising in identity and source of funds checks for conveyancers has attracted high-profile investors including the co-founders of Funding Circle in raising £1m.

Will-writing entrepreneur obtains “first digital LPA”

25 August 2020

The founder of will-writing software firm WillSuite has obtained what he believes is the first ever digital lasting power of attorney. He said the process took five months.

Law firm offers clients behavioural science consultancy

21 August 2020

A global law firm has launched what it believes is the legal industry’s first offering focused on behavioural science, aimed at helping clients make better decisions in areas like compliance.

Another big investment in alternative legal services providers

19 August 2020

Investment in alternative legal services providers stepped up yesterday after a US private equity company took a majority stake in Factor, the managed services firm that used to be part of Axiom.

Government set to mandate online probate applications

10 August 2020

Solicitor and other probate practitioners will have to apply online for grants of probate or letters of administration, under government proposals published today.

Lawtech firm eyes global push after raising £6m

6 August 2020

A lawtech business set up by a former City solicitor and his programmer brother is looking to expand further internationally after raising £6m in private equity funding.

Australia uses AI to help separating couples split assets

3 August 2020

The Australian government has launched a A$3m (£1.6m) online platform which uses artificial intelligence to help separating couples divide up their property.

Government awards cash for Covid lawtech innovation

31 July 2020

Technology to support remote working, open justice, communication with clients and online will signing are among businesses to received government funding supporting Covid-related innovation.

‘Deepfake’ warning over online courts

29 July 2020

Video manipulation software, including ‘deepfake’ technology, poses problems for remote courts in verifying evidence and that litigants or witnesses are who they say they are, a report has warned.

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