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AI revolution will affect lawyers less than many other occupations, report predicts

Legal professionals will escape the artificial intelligence revolution relatively unscathed compared to other occupations, with high educational achievement being a key factor, according to a major report on the long-term impact of automation on jobs.

February 20th, 2018 | No Comments »

Law Society: technological innovation “will determine law firms’ success”

A typical law firm in the future will accommodate a new generation of disruptive technologies, such as virtual assistants, machine learning and automation, but legal services must not lose their human touch, a major Law Society report on technological innovation has urged.

January 25th, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Tech investors deterred because of “relatively small” global legal market

The global legal market is small by comparison with other markets and this is deterring some technology companies from investing in it, but only technology can service the “vast unmet legal need” in the future, according to a leading lawtech commentator.

October 20th, 2016 | No Comments »

Free2Convey to relaunch “within weeks”

Free2Convey, the conveyancing portal designed as a free rival to the Law Society’s failed portal Veyo, is to relaunch itself to conveyancers, estate agents and the public “within weeks”, it has emerged. Matt Lancaster, who has led work on the portal, said he hoped it would be used by most conveyancing firms by the end of this year.

May 11th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Software suppliers association ends agreement with Free2Convey

The Legal Software Suppliers Association has ended its agreement with conveyancing portal Free2Convey, it has emerged. Free2Convey was set up by the LSSA last autumn as a rival to the Law Society’s failed conveyancing portal Veyo.

April 22nd, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Virtual assistants will mean fewer lawyers, Riverview predicts

The spread of virtual assistants will not remove the need for lawyers but it will reduce their number, the chief executive of Riverview Law has predicted. Karl Chapman said he was “amazed” by the number of lawyers doing things they did not need to do.

March 30th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Report highlights perception gap between partners and fee-earners

There is a big gap in the way partners and fee-earners at medium-sized law firms view where they work, including “an exaggerated sense of progressiveness among decision-makers”, a new report has found. Partners were far more confident than fee-earners that their firm had a “clear strategy for the future”.

March 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Law firms that fail to change “no longer sustainable” after 2020, report predicts

Law firms that fail to prepare for change are likely to become “no longer sustainable” beyond a “tipping point” around the year 2020, a report by accountants Deloitte has predicted. It said fewer “traditional lawyers” would be needed in the future, but there would be more sales executives, project managers and technology experts.

March 17th, 2016 | No Comments »

Solicitor launches contract lawyer and paralegal matching service

A City solicitor who qualified at Ashurst has set up a contract lawyer and paralegal matching service designed particularly for firms needing help with e-discovery. Toby Gascoyne said the web platform was currently working with three law firms and around 100 lawyers and paralegals.

March 16th, 2016 | No Comments »

Pioneering legal tech company launches mobile app

Pekama, a legal tech company with investment from law firm Taylor Vinters, has launched a mobile app which it believes will trigger a “big change” in the way lawyers communicate. Zeev Fisher, the chief executive of Pekama and a solicitor, said the app had been tested by three law firms.

March 4th, 2016 | No Comments »