Technology


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.


Four in ten parents “do not understand remote hearings”

28 October 2020

Four in ten parents who have been involved in a remote family hearing say they did not understand it, a major study has discovered. The president of the Family Division said this was “worrying”.


Reduced legal budgets seen as biggest virus challenge

20 October 2020

Lawyers have identified reduced client budgets for legal work as the biggest threat to the profession from the pandemic in a new report.


Court reforms data collection progress “disappointing”

20 October 2020

The government’s £1bn court reforms have had a “disappointingly slow” start in collecting the information required to ensure the justice system is fair, according to researchers.


Remote hearings “can bring horror into your home”, says judge

19 October 2020

A particularly unwelcome issue for judges hearing cases remotely is that some of the most disturbing elements of serious family cases are being heard at home, a High Court judge has reported.


Remote hearing success means no backlog in some family courts

15 October 2020

The family court system has adapted so well to remote working that some courts do not have a backlog of cases, the president of the Family Division said yesterday.


Ethics worry with lawyers and lawtech firms “not speaking same language”

14 October 2020

Solicitors are concerned that some new legal technology they buy does not take into account their professional rules and ethical duties because lawtech firms are “not speaking the same language”.


Leeds bids to rival London for lawtech as ABSs thrive

6 October 2020

Leeds is poised to become a lawtech innovation powerhouse, according to a report saying there is competition building for established practices among non-traditional providers of legal services.


S&G to “automate everything” as it says: The future is digital

2 October 2020

Slater & Gordon’s ambition to become the country’s leading consumer law firm will mainly be fulfilled online as it looks to automate as much legal work as it can, its chief executive has explained.

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