All posts by Roger Smith

Lessons from the Legal Access Challenge

Remember the Legal Access Challenge? Its sponsors, Nesta and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority published their final reports on it last week. It was won jointly – as readers will know from previous posts – by a chatbot developed by Mencap and a collaborative approach to dealing with domestic violence, FLOWS. The Nesta report gives more … Continue reading Lessons from the Legal Access Challenge

HiiL (the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law): Re-Invention and Innovation

HiiL has long shown a capacity for re-invention. For a start, its initials may have stayed the same since its foundation in 2005 but their meaning has been retrofitted more than once. They now stand for the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (they once incorporated a reference to Internationalisation). This process continues and is … Continue reading HiiL (the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law): Re-Invention and Innovation

If Data is the New Oil, Dispute Advice and Resolution Needs a New Engine

It is a bit hackneyed to say that data is the new oil. This usually refers to its commercial value – amply demonstrated by the digital behemoth that is Google. However, in public policy terms data may more be new oil in terms of a lubricant that calls for a re-engineeering  of services from information … Continue reading If Data is the New Oil, Dispute Advice and Resolution Needs a New Engine

Remote Courts: more research, more consultation and more Ministerial involvement

One more body – the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory – has published a rapid review of court remote hearings. This supplements that by Joe Tomlinson and the Public Law Project on administrative law and by Natalie Byrom on civil. The Observatory study has the advantage of judicial involvement – around a quarter of respondents to … Continue reading Remote Courts: more research, more consultation and more Ministerial involvement

Remote Courts: a must-read

If you are interested in remote courts then you should read, in full, the report of the Civil Justice Council released last week. This was funded by the Legal Education Foundation (LEF) and written by Dr Natalie Byrom, its Director of Research and Learning. Even were this website not funded by the LEF, I would … Continue reading Remote Courts: a must-read