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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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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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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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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 -...
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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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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...
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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’....
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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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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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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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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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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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Shedding light on the darknet The term ‘darknet’ is one which only recently would’ve left most of us baffled, imagining perhaps a fantasy computer game or perhaps a form of blackout curtain. But with more and more cases coming to courts...
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eDisclosure – get with the program! Here at Legastat, we’re passionate about ensuring our partners in the legal profession grasp all the possibilities of legal tech, whether that’s the latest in apps for lawyers (talking of which:...
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Harry Potter, LLB For those of us who take pride in being at the cutting-edge of the UK legal sector, and know it to be a vibrant profession keen to get to grips with twenty-first technology, the recent antics of a certain Welsh solicitor-advocate caused a...
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Those of us who remember the early days of the National Lottery will recall with wry fondness the presence of Mystic Meg. Sporting hair in a hue of black never seen in nature, scarlet lipstick and cheekbones you could use to grate parmesan, she was wheeled...
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News that by 2015 up to half of barristers will be trained to bypass solicitors’ firms has been met with a certain number of raised eyebrows. Commenters on the Law Gazette’s article have chuckled at the prospect of barristers arriving at a...
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Rarely has a piece of EU legislation sounded so very much like an existential crisis pondered in smoky cafés by intense young Parisians in black polo-neck sweaters. Those hoping to be presented with a philosophical problem in their morning newspapers...
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Trend forecasts are a notoriously tricky business, lacking – as most of us do – the proverbial crystal ball. And when it comes to looking at the future of IT and tech, it’s tempting to snort at some of the outlandish innovations...
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The effects of the Ministry of Justice’s 30% cut to Legal Aid fees have been widely reported – and, perhaps justifiably, deplored. The historic walk-out by barristers earlier this year struck headlines with considerable force, as the public...
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The government has announced that it is to abolish the dated ‘marital coercion’ defence as part of an amendment to the antisocial behaviour, crime and policing Bill. Keen watchers of last year’s Chris Huhne/Vicky Price soap opera might...
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Beneath the mistletoe, carols, chestnuts and turkey there lurks a thousand hidden dangers – factor in the infamous British capacity for ale and December makes for a bumper crop of PI cases. One survey of Christmas accidents found 142 injuries from not...
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Whenever high-profile media marriages hit the rocks there tends to be a certain amount of gleeful speculation as to the presence or otherwise of pre-nups, and which of the unhappy pair was most aggrieved. The rather snide adage that it is arguably lawyers...
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The recent spate of teen suicides allegedly prompted by cyber-bullying via gossip site Ask.fm has once again raised concerns regarding legislation to control malicious misuse of social media. As family and friends of the young victims campaign to have the...
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It’s a rare idle moment, and you decide to share an Instagram snap of a dinner date to your Facebook page. You’re looking good, the lighting’s subtle, your date is sipping an elegant Martini. Smiling at the memory, you turn to weightier...
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The quality of impartiality is one much prized in law – indeed, it’s at the heart of the adversarial legal system. Without the impartiality of judiciary and jury, there’d be no true justice. Yet for such an essential quality, impartiality...
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The old Boy Scout watchword “Be prepared!” is hardly the kind of elegant aphorism you’ll find framed on the wall of a dim-lit Holborn bar – but nothing could be more timely for an increasingly fraught legal profession. With the...
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As the legal landscape adjusts to the Jackson Reforms, the issue of Costs Budgeting is under scrutiny. Firms cannot afford to be anything but absolutely assiduous in compliance with Costs Budgeting requirements, ensuring every aspect of the rather...
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Those of us who look askance at the oft-heard phrase “calls may be recorded for training purposes” may be forgiven our cynicism. In the wake of recent phone-hacking scandals, it’s clear recorded telephone conversations have a use extending...

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