All posts by Roger Smith

Law as Code: a legal system shaped by software – a response

Joshua Browder is a provocative, thoughtful and successful entrepreneur. His DoNotPay empire , describing itself as ‘the world’s first robot lawyer’, expands by the day. And he has now in his own words ‘finally published my writing on the future of the legal system’. Mr Browder was raised in Britain but did not get where … Continue reading Law as Code: a legal system shaped by software – a response

From Nomadland to Amazon and on to technology project funding

Have you seen Nomadland yet? Or read the book by Jessica Bruder on which it is based? You should. And for a variety of reasons. Nomadland covers a new US economic and cultural phenomenon – older migrant workers facing the vulnerability of poverty and old age with startling resilience in Recreational Vehicles progressing through stunning … Continue reading From Nomadland to Amazon and on to technology project funding

Charting the Perils of the Future

The Law Society of England and Wales has published a report on the key trends shaping the world and, in particular, solicitors’ practices over the next decade. There was not much support for the initiative to be seen in the 65 comments on the Law Society Gazette website. Anonymous at 9.10pm on 9 June pretty … Continue reading Charting the Perils of the Future

Will Technology advance access to justice? It depends. And not on the technology.

It is a sobering thought. But, many countries of the world may have passed the moment of ‘Peak Justice’. That is the time when the greatest proportion of their population had access to sufficient information, advice and assistance to identify and resolve their legal problems. Throw in the waves of new poor likely to be … Continue reading Will Technology advance access to justice? It depends. And not on the technology.

Legal Help Journeys: Analysis and Inspiration from Australia

JusticeConnect, the innovative Australian Not for Profit, has produced an interesting website, Joining up Justice.  It is worth a look by anyone thinking about how to communicate legal information to users. The site is the culmination of five years work – latterly funded by the Victoria Legal Services Board. It is presumably linked to the … Continue reading Legal Help Journeys: Analysis and Inspiration from Australia