Technology


Susskind: “Trainees will learn like astronauts – with virtual reality”

14 June 2021

Trainee lawyers in future may do their legal training by using immersive virtual reality software simulating the practice environment, like astronauts preparing for space, Professor Richard Susskind has predicted.


Smaller firms lead the pack on website performance

11 June 2021

Two of the smaller firms in the UK top 200 law firms are leading the way on website performance, new research has found. Stephensons and Lindsays ousted Pinsent Masons and DLA.


Swedish start-up brings one-stop business law advice shop to UK

10 June 2021

A Swedish start-up which aims to provide a one-stop shop for the legal needs of small and medium-sized businesses launched in the UK this week.


Slater & Gordon launches “revolutionary” digital legal services offering

1 June 2021

Slater & Gordon has launched ‘miplatform’, what it says is a ‘first of its kind’ digital legal service that enables clients to progress their matters with little or no direct contact with a lawyer.


Exclusive: Pioneering legal services advice app shut down

21 May 2021

An American company that sought to bring subscription-based legal services to the mainstream consumer market in the UK has shuttered its operation after less than two years.


App launches with huge range of legal help to consumers and SMEs

17 May 2021

An app for SMEs to diagnose and get guidance on their legal problems has now launched a consumer version that helps users find and book a lawyer, and is integrated with government services.


Small firms increasingly worried by competition from online providers

13 May 2021

Small law firms increasingly see online legal services providers as their biggest commercial threat, and are becoming more worried about DIY providers too, new research has shown.


Solicitor sells HR software company to PE-backed healthcare business

10 May 2021

A solicitor who sold his stake in the law firm he co-founded to focus on a HR software company set up at the same time has now sold the IT business.


Investors back start-up that turns collaborating lawyers into virtual firm

5 May 2021

A lawtech start-up has far exceeded its target to raise funding of £120,000 for software that links lawyers who know each other so they can collaborate remotely and compete with large firms.


Half of in-house lawyers say companies miss contract renewals

4 May 2021

Almost half of in-house lawyers say their companies are missing automatic contract renewals, with some resorting to Post-it notes or writing on their hands to remind themselves.


Rocket Lawyer fuels growth with £161m investment

23 April 2021

Online legal services provider Rocket Lawyer has received a £161m funding boost to meet growing demand and scale up its cloud-based case management system.


LSB: Regulators must play role in unleashing potential of lawtech

20 April 2021

There is a long way to go to unlock the potential of technology to transform legal services and regulators have an important role in this, the chief executive of the Legal Services Board has said.


Call for work to make consumer-facing legal documents more intelligible

19 April 2021

Lawyers need to make consumer-facing legal documents more engaging, and regulators and industry should consider measures to ensure they are intelligible, a report has recommended.


160 firms sign up to consumer app aiming to transform access to lawyers

15 April 2021

An app linking consumers to lawyers who provide free video consultations has been launched this week after three months of testing with 20 law firms – more than 160 firms have now signed up.


Firm to use AI to triage new clients and give initial advice

15 April 2021

A law firm is deploying artificial intelligence software that will become the first point of contact for all new clients, trained to offer initial legal advice and triage cases.

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