A Social Enterprise, A Ministry of Justice and A Failed Attempt at Innovation

Rachael Mpashi-Marx, Director of Just:, recounts a frustrating experience with the Ministry of Justice for England and Wales which illustrates the wider issue, very likely relevant to the demise of the Retchtwijzer in The Netherlands, of conflicting cultures between innovators and government departments.  Perhaps we were naive to take them at their word, or maybe we are just … Continue reading A Social Enterprise, A Ministry of Justice and A Failed Attempt at Innovation

Goodbye, Rechtwijzer: hello, Justice42

The Dutch Rechtwijzer, the poster child of the internet revolution in legal advice and online dispute resolution, has proved financially unsustainable. The three-year collaboration between the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HIIL), the Dutch Legal Aid Board and the US firm Modria will be dissolved by July. From the ashes will arise Justice42 … Continue reading Goodbye, Rechtwijzer: hello, Justice42

Something for the English and Welsh

The Legal Aid Lawyers of the Year awards (LALYs) are seeking nominations for itheir ‘Access to Justice through IT’ award. This was first introduced three years ago and is sponsored by the Legal Education Foundation. This award is aimed at individuals or organisations who are using technology to increase access to justice for people of … Continue reading Something for the English and Welsh

Legal Education, the profession and technology: a publisher’s challenge

A paper from Thomson Reuters throws down a challenge, mainly directed at US law schools, as to  how they should respond to the advances of technology in legal services. This is based on what might be described as a pretty ‘quick and dirty’ methodology: 30 interviews, six examples of good practice and a consequent eight … Continue reading Legal Education, the profession and technology: a publisher’s challenge

The stirring of the start ups: from Chicago to London

Back in London from the ABA LegalTech conference, it is spring. The Inns of Court (The picture is Lincoln’s Inn taken this afternoon) look as beautiful as they have done over the centuries – as if little might have changed. But, as the ABA ’s presence in a Chicago – famous for its rather more … Continue reading The stirring of the start ups: from Chicago to London