For Brexit- beleaguered Brits, Singapore should be a bit of a role model. It is a small island economy that has made a success of independence from its larger neighbours. There are, of course, significant differences. For a start, Singapore is very clear about its global role and does not hanker for an imperial past. … Continue reading ‘Tech-celeration’: lessons from another island state
Personally, I am a great fan of lists. They force you to discriminate and define. They impose order on chaos. And so seductive are they that, to be honest, after near on half a century as a lawyer, I find it hard not to articulate an argument in the related phenomenon of numbered paragraphs. So, … Continue reading Access to Justice, Technology and Lists
As the LegalTech market started to explode a few years ago, optimism grew that its impact would improve both commercial practice and access to justice. Alas, this has not really proved to be the case. A challenge fund established by Nesta and the Solicitors Regulation Authority is an attempt further to jumpstart strategic assistance to … Continue reading The Challenge of Access to Justice: moving beyond the hackathon
Got a minute? Help me out. I have taken on the task of preparing a questionnaire on the use of technology to assist access to justice for a range of different countries around the world. Methodologically, this sort of exercise is a nightmare. Get into the detail and the prejudices deriving from the drafter’s own … Continue reading Technology and Access to Justice: Asking the Questions
This is an edited version of a presentation at the University of Ulster Legal Innovation Centre yesterday and is a summary of some of the positive and negative effects of technology on legal services.The point of this presentation is not to take the title as raising a binary choice: it is to explore the ways in … Continue reading Technology and Access to Justice: a help or hindrance?