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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...
Paul Fox
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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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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...
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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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...
Casian Sala
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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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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. ...
Casian Sala
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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...
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 Computer Misuse Act - necessary updates? Legal professionals and observers alike will have noted a decided trend in recent years. Since the now-ubiquitous use of the internet as a platform for every conceivable means of information sharing –...
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Community justice – the modern way. One of the most noteworthy recent cuts to legal services has been the closure of one in five magistrates’ courts. Government announcements that 93 magistrates’ courts and 49 county courts were to close...
Casian Sala
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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...
Paul Fox
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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...
Casian Sala
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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...
Paul Fox
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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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In the post-Jackson cost-cutting era, the noise of tightening belts across the legal landscape is positively deafening. It’s hardly surprising, in that case, that firms are looking for ways to tempt more clients and bring more cases, creating a...
Casian Sala
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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...
Casian Sala
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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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Members of the legal profession who consider litigation support services and digital bundles a threat to the dusty old glamour of Court and chambers should take note: when a former Lord Chief Justice asserts that modern technology can and must support the...
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“Only the rich can afford cheap shoes”, as your grandmother may have said – and what’s true for footwear proves surprisingly apt elsewhere. The question of value for money is one which is readily misunderstood. Too often mistaken for...
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We recently considered the Cost Budgeting implications of the Jackson Reforms . It is becoming clear that one of the most pressing changes firms face in the wake of Jackson is in meeting the rigorous requirements for Cost Budgeting before legal action...
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In a previous blog post on post-Jackson costs budgeting, we commended the reforms for their commitment to aims of parity, proportionality, and managed risk. But as ever, it is necessary to consider shifts in the legal landscape from all perspectives...
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If recent figures are accurate, it appears that digital data is as transient as the dew on the grass.  As yesterday’s news is today’s history, it seems the quality and relevance of data and information is quickly consigned to the backburner...
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An oft-overlooked aspect of the Jackson reforms is Lord Justice Jackson’s advocating of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – particularly mediation – to resolve cases that might otherwise go to litigation. The primacy of the litigation...
Casian Sala
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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...