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Online billing set for national rollout

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

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 systems for criminal lawyers northwards.  The Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme – which has had something of a rocky road, and is presumably relieved to…

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View Legal IT: the means, and not the end.

Legal IT: the means, and not the end.

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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 Hampshire-based firm is offering a will-writing…

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Copping on to legal tech

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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 being rather slow on the IT uptake, there is nonetheless evidence that many firms and…

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Cut price?  

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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 confronted the realities of a legal system no more immune to the swinging of the fiscal sword…

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Quality Assured

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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 week as Sir Brian Leveson handed down a decision from the Queen’s Bench. After fervent arguments against…

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View The paper trail 

The paper trail 

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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 “It was HIM!”?  Truth be told, a more accurate staging of a legal drama would involve hours…

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Happy Mondays 

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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 even a surge in filings for divorce as factors in a miserable return to the office.   Despite the Guardian’s annual plea for scientific rigour…

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View The Bluebird Sings: Twitter and eDiscovery

The Bluebird Sings: Twitter and eDiscovery

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Last year’s ruling by a Manhattan judge that Twitter must release tweets deleted by a user charged with criminal activity during the Occupy Wall Street protests was met with defiance from the social media giant.  Despite their published privacy policy stating that posted tweets will be released “as lawfully required by appropriate legal process such as subpoena, court order or other…

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Bring Your Own Device

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Already tired of your iPad mini, or your Galaxy S4 with its photos-with-sound gadgetry? Unimpressed by the Google glass technology, and jonesing for your next IT fix? Then consider this: it’s predicted your next investment will not live in your pocket or briefcase, but will be wearable tech to rival anything sported by James Bond….

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