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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Putting the ‘smart’ into ‘smartphone’ In the latest despatch from what we can think of as Truly Modern Times, a smartphone and some sophisticated practice management software has been all that stood between a certain South London...
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Cloud data storage: heavy weather? The more cyber-savvy lawyer may have noted with alarm a survey published yesterday reporting that up to a quarter of firms using cloud data storage have been subject to security breaches. Law site Out-Law reports that...
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The Big Data Bang Three decades have passed since the year George Orwell grimly predicted as being a nightmarish dystopia of state surveillance in his masterpiece 1984 – and if we do not quite suffer the indignities of watchful screens embedded in...
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The controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) reaches another milestone on its decidedly bumpy path as the Criminal Bar takes its challenge to the Appeal Court. The appeal will seek to overturn the High Court’s dismissal of the...
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If “war is the mother of invention”, as the saying goes, there’s no doubt that when it comes to legal tech, cyber-crime is the mother of innovation. In attempts to keep pace with the fresh opportunities to transgress the internet provides,...
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It appears the time is coming when the most misanthropic of us will finally meet our objective to never leave the house if it can possibly be helped. In a move faintly reminiscent of a movie about a dark future in which all life is conducted via laptop, one...
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There is no doubt that to be a lawyer is to have a satisfactory answer to that most dreaded of dinner party questions: “So what do you do?” One imagines that bankers and traffic wardens may shrink from responding, feverishly trying to come up...
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Legal industry observers keenly watching the march of technological progress across the profession may well have paused to wonder when the twenty-first century was likely to alight on other aspects of our judicial system. Though some have accused lawyers of...
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It must be said that when young would-be lawyers dream of their future in Chambers or at a top City firm, a lifetime more or less bolted to a PC or laptop screen is unlikely to feature large in their imagination. Last-minute dashes to court, elegant opening...
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It is a fundamental tenet of the legal system that access to justice should be open to all, regardless of gender, social status, ethnic origin or any of the factors that create our diverse society. Organisations such as the Legal Action Group campaign to...
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Few regulatory changes have provoked quite such a stir as the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) . The ongoing row over the controversial programme (designed to assess all advocates against a set of standard criteria) reached fever-pitch this...
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Legal dramas thrive on courtroom scenes. Who is not familiar with the plucky, blonde (and frequently Northern) defence barrister wittily scoring points over a curmudgeonly judge? Or with the courageous witness turning trembling to the dock and declaring...
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Lawyers returning to work this week might have spotted newspapers reporting that this Monday was officially the most depressing day of the year . Dubbing it ‘Blue Monday’, gleefully gloomy reports cited post-Christmas blues, New Year debts and...
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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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Post-cinema pub discussions often turn to the seismic shift in the way we communicate, and its effect on films. The number of movies which would no longer work were letters to be supplanted by emails is never-ending: only think of the spine-chilling scene in...
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The opening episode of BBC legal drama Silk featured feisty Northern lawyer Maxine Peake triumphantly scrawling NG (Not Guilty) on her case file in lipstick. This single scene effectively played every card in the legal-drama deck: the youthful blonde in...

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