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Casian Sala
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Let’s call the whole thing off. Quickly. There are few clients more keen to bring a swift end to proceedings than a divorcing couple. With that in mind, a Canadian company has come up with an app to help couples without legal representation to...
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Law Society looks at how to boost legal aid innovation   For all that we hear the legends of Steve Jobs designing his first Apple hardware from out of a damp and mildewy garage, presumably while living on Pot Noodles and sporting very worn-out jeans,...
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Online billing set for national rollout Few things are likely to endear tech innovations to lawyers – and to all professionals – than streamlining payment systems. Good news, then, from the government, which is looking to expand online billing...
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Landmark ruling brings predictive coding to the UK courts   Jubilation in the more forward-thinking quarters of the UK’s legal landscape as a High Court ruling will permit – for the first time – the use of predictive coding to aid...
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Comparethelawyer.com? This year will see the launch of a sparkling new innovation in legal practice: the ‘ Law Superstore’ website. It’s pretty much the legal marketplace equivalent of infamous insurance comparison site ...
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Big Brother is watching your smartphone   The Guardian offers a cautionary tale to workers in the EU, who may find their employers are keeping a keen cyber-eye on their online communications. A ruling at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)...
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Cyber Security blog round-up Another year, another set of cyber-threats. Once lawyers across the world got used to one technique used by cyber criminals, and put up appropriate defences, fresh attacks were invented. For early 2016 it’s the...
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UK Laws finally dragged out of the – er – 13th century   Here at Legastat we bow to no-one in our commitment to making the most of the IT innovations that are on offer. And so it was with delight we received the news that UK law-making...
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Tech: the latest steps in crime prevention In what sounds thrillingly like a sub-plots from Minority Report, it seems police services across the UK may well turn to biometric technology in a bid to tackle crime. This is only one prediction amid a general...
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Computer says no: divorce website glitch   In one of a series of incidents seemingly designed to remind the legal sector that computers are not infallible, thousands of recently-divorced couples may find themselves back at the negotiating table...
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New Year, new tech? A look at the 2016 forecast There is nothing quite like a new year to prompt attempts to peer into the crystal ball and see what the future holds. Both personally and professionally, we all want to know whether we will do better,...
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RIP David Bowie, the Star Man of Carey Street  We at Legastat mourn the death of David Bowie along with the rest of the world. He was a truly legendary artistic genius, and will never be forgotten. Legastat is proud of a little-known connection to the...
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The ‘Friday Afternoon’ Scam   The latest scourge of the cyber-crime variety is becoming known as the ‘Friday Afternoon’ scam. It sounds rather like an intriguing French film, but alas is considerably less entertaining  -...
Paul Fox
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The Autumn Spending Review - what news for tech? This autumn’s Spending Review was nothing if not full of surprises, and worth watching if only to see the Shadow Chancellor respond by withdrawing a copy of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book from his...
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Bringing the emergency services up to date   Criminal lawyers in particular will be only too aware of the crucial importance of an emergency service which is able to respond effectively and efficiently to the demands of the public. And yet how many of...
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First ‘entirely digital’ court proceedings go ahead   A pilot scheme carried out in the West London Family Court is making a claim to be the first ‘entirely digital’ court proceedings to be carried out in the UK. As Legal...
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TalkTalk’s security breach: a 21st century cautionary tale   Many of us will have winced sympathetically as TalkTalk’s Chief Exec Dido Harding was grilled for the hundredth time by newsreaders on every channel over their catastrophic...
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The dangers of poor tech: videoed witness statements lost to ‘poor technology’   Disappointing news for those of us keen to embrace legal tech as a means to build a legal industry that’s thriving in the twenty-first century: it would...
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Adapt to survive: cyber risk central to management plans   The BSB has interviewed 170 ‘high impact’ chambers with a view to scoping out how the Bar is set to adapt to the changing legal landscape in the coming year. These ‘high...
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Casian Sala
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Sentencing guidelines and the smartphone generation   Interesting developments over at the Sentencing Council reflect how seriously the courts are taking the twenty-first century dependence on digital living. So what precisely has moved Lord...
Paul Fox
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EU Court stops US businesses holding on to European data   In a move which has ‘ sent shockwaves’ around the internet industry, the EU Court of Justice has ruled a 2000 ‘safe harbour’ agreement between the EU and the US...
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To the digital barricades!   Over in the US, it looks like even the largest and most formidable law firms are no proof against cyber attacks. The American Bar Association’s legal technology survey report 2015 – which runs to a princely ...
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bricks and mortar to binary code   In a triumph of corporate pseudo-speak over Plain English, HM Courts and Tribunals Service From has announced that it is planning to invest in further moves away from the ‘physical paradigm’....
Paul Fox
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In-house lawyers – lock your cyber doors and windows!   Worrying news over at the Gazette : it would appear in-house legal departments are more likely to fall foul of cyber-criminals and phishing attacks than their colleagues. Slightly...
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Better tech in the courts: an optimistic round-up   Here at Legastat we’ve been tracking developments in court technology, from the eventual roll-out of Wi-Fi in the courts nationwide to judges pleading for the use of digital bundles and costs...
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Twitter and Facebook: not just for friends and family Those of us who use social media will know only too well how easy it is to be lulled into a false sense of security. It would seem that there is a stern dividing line between the personal and the...
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Hawk-Eye to make an appearance in court? Hawk-Eye technology has long been something of a contentious issue among the sports enthusiast. Absurd as it may seem now, its introduction into test cricket back in 2001 caused something of a kerfuffle among...
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Doing it old school: the price may not be right   A key driver for firms and chambers adopting legal tech has been the potential for cutting costs. With ever-increasing demands to keep budgets tight (and to keep to tight budgets), innovations such...
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So that’s email sorted. What next?   Think you’re a pretty tech-savvy sort of outfit? All au fait with digital bundles and eDiscovery? Well there’s a firm out there really ready to show the legal marketplace who’s boss when...
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The tech effect: working harder, not smarter?   That old adage ‘work smarter not harder’ seems ideally suited to a golden age of legal tech. With the growing range of legal technologies available to chambers and firms, you’d be...
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Next step for the modern court: online sentencing?   In the endless drive to bring our courts into the twenty-first century, the head of the Queen’s Bench Division has mooted the idea of online sentencing for offenders . In a speech coming...
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Is the Wi-Fi wait nearly over? When it comes to the government’s plan to make all Magistrates’ and Crown Courts in the UK fully Wi-Fi enabled, is the glass half full, or half empty? Recently there’d been worrying news for those of us...
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Counting the cost: lawyers warned over budgeting failures   Few lawyers have faced the post-Jackson legal landscape with total equanimity. The demands of keeping litigation costs down have proved an enduring preoccupation (not to say...
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New EU Data Protection legislation: what does it mean for businesses? What with law firms being far from alone in adopting tech innovations as part of their daily practice, the EU has stepped forward to being in new data protection regulations that will...
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World’s first app for criminal lawyers – setting a trend? The world of the criminal lawyer is not one that is particularly suited to digitisation, for a simple reason: courts and prisons are, of course, not noted for being online. Security...
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What next for legal tech – 3D printing par for the course?   Even the most IT-savvy lawyers might not have predicted the role played by tech in a recent criminal case, which looks truly twenty-first century (as things so rarely do, even now). ...
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Legal Aid Agency going ‘fully digital’.   Few legal institutions can have felt quite so beleaguered in recent years as the Legal Aid Agency. Cuts to the availability of Legal Aid, and a swathe of government reforms (undergoing challenge...
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Criminal justice proceedings: bang up to date?   Those of us keeping an eye on the way tech innovations are increasingly seen as being integral to the legal landscape have noted (with some relief) a recent letter from the Lord Chancellor. Writing...
Paul Fox
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Judge threatens destruction of excessive bundles – are modern courtroom methods a state of mind?   Despite the increased use of digital bundles, the sight of clerks wheeling trolleys of papers up Fleet Street towards the RCJ remains...
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Technology helping lawyers see the way the land lies   Anyone who has ever been involved in a property purchase  - whether as buyer, seller, lawyers, or any one of the seemingly endless number of professionals who get involved in the process...
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The Oscar for best legal tech goes to…   It’s Oscar week, and devotees of film have woken up to disappointments and triumphs, to the inevitable pictures of actresses sporting uncomfortable gowns on red carpets, and awkward moments on...
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Faster, cheaper civil justice – online by 2017?   In the latest of our glimpses into the near future, it appears we may be seeing ‘online courts’ fully rolled out by 2017. The Civil Justice Council – which is looking to...
Paul Fox
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Our ‘hi tech’ courts – cause for celebration?   Though the courts retain many of the outward symbols of tradition – the wigs and gowns, the deferential clerks, such deliciously old-fashioned legal phrases as ‘going...
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The curious case of the £8 million letter “S”   If ever there was a cautionary tale that might urge lawyers and administrators alike to pay the closest attention to detail, is that of the downfall of Taylor & Sons Ltd. ...
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Leveson’s Efficiency Reforms: Tech to Play a Key Role Much has been made in recent months of the need to bring the court system into the twenty-first century. Juggling the need to improve efficiency and efficacy with the ever-present imperative to...
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New Year, New Robot Lawyers? Nothing beats peering into the future as a good way to start off a new year. With that in mind, we turn to a recent article in the Gazette about the use of ‘robot brains’ in legal practice. In what’s...
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With no sign of austerity measures loosening their grip, the headlines are rarely free of evidence that those most economically disadvantaged feel the cuts most deeply. Recent scandals relating to the number of food banks opening nationwide, and the...
Paul Fox
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Tech incompetence causes collapse of trial A £5 million fraud trial at the Old Bailey has been dismissed – because of a lack of effective software and technology to gather and process evidence. Judge Wendy Joseph QC made a stinging attack...
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The Next Generation: legal tech and the 21 st century law student   “I believe that children are our future”, sang the late Whitney Houston; and if only from a logical perspective it’s difficult to take issue with her position....
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Weathering the storm Much has been written late of the winds of change blowing shrilly around the UK’s legal landscape. What with closures of courts, the demands of the Jackson report, Alternative Business Structures and the sharp blades of...

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