Access to Justice and how the Legal Tech community can help

An event taking place in London on 25th March will seek to better understand the painpoints in the A2J landscape. The aim is then to support those of us involved in redesigning the way legal services are delivered to identify how we might use our skills to improve access to justice. To find out more visit the Personal Support Unit website.

£13m grant winners announced

The Gazette reports that a project to create ways of speeding up the adoption of AI in law by developing systems which deal with problems of confidential data and explaining ‘black box’ algorithms, a legal contracts management system to be offered online to SMEs, an access to justice project to provide online legal support enhanced by AI, and a prototype tool to establish whether AI could speed up conveyancing by assisting the due diligence process have all received a share of a £13m round of government grants to help kickstart artificial intelligence projects in the service industry.

Partnership model hampering lawtech take-up

The Law Society has published research confirming what I think everyone in the legalTech world already knew – the partnership model is a barrier to firms adopting innovations in legal technology, as reported in the Gazette.

According to the Lawtech Adoption Research report, whilst there is apparently increased pressure for firms based in the UK to use or enhance the use of lawtech, significant barriers to adoption still remain.

Companies using contract AI to help with Brexit and GDPR

Legal Futures reports that new research has found that more than a quarter of corporations using artificial intelligence (AI) software to review contracts are doing so for Brexit-related reasons but the technology will not remove the need for lawyers.

AI Contract Management Company Evisort Raises $4.5 Million in Seed Funding

LexBlog reports that Evisort, an artificial intelligence-based contract management company has raised $4.5 million in seed funding.

Canadian online tribunal service Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) launches public beta test

Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) plans to start resolving many motor vehicle accident disputes in British Columbia from 1st April. A public beta test is now available.

The platform covers disputes about accident benefits, disputes about damages and fault up to $50,000, and determining whether an injury is a “minor injury”.

Legal Tech For The Legal Elite: Observations Of Two Conferences

Bob Ambrogi writes in Above the Law that conversations about innovation in legal technology and practice continue to be stuck in the same echo chamber. Also in Above the Law, Joe Borstein argues the opposite – “If it’s an echo chamber, it’s an awfully big chamber”.

Global lawtech study questions long-term impact of hackathons

Legal Futures reports that technology in use around the world to enable legal empowerment – helping ordinary people exercise their legal rights – is often only effective after false starts, while hackathons often do not see follow-through, according to a global study.

Podcasts & Videos

Cisco CLO Mark Chandler on Legal Department Innovation

In this episode of LawNext, Mark Chandler, Executive vice president and chief legal officer of Cisco joins host Bob Ambrogi to talk about innovation at Cisco.

Every law firm ‘is a technology company these days’

According to a Lawyers Weekly Podcast:

“Technology has evolved – and continues to evolve – at such a breakneck speed, that the question is no longer how tech advancements can fit into methods of legal practice. Instead, the question for law firms and practitioners has to be: how can one’s legal skills best adapt to the overarching and influential presence of tech?”

Move Over Big Law. It’s Time for an ‘Alternative.’

A podcast explores how the $10.7 billion alternative legal services provider industry is disrupting the traditional client-law firm dynamic.

Greg Siskind on Process Automation for Lawyers

An episode of Technically Legal focusses on automation of legal processes by law firms and in-house legal teams.

Cloud-based AI platform assesses realistic legal fees

Interview with Catherine Krow, chief executive officer of Digitory Legal – a tool to help predict the cost of legal matters from the outset. Krow notes that after a consultation, clients invariably ask, “How much?” and the old answer of “It depends’” is no longer acceptable because the data and the analytics tools exist to give clients a much clearer answer.

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