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The Bach Report: Let’s be more radical and realistic

Lord Bach is an English lawyer who was minister for legal aid in the last Labour government. Toward the end of his office, he took to drinking the Kool Aid proffered by practitioners, particularly in the not for profit sector. This assisted his exceptional commitment to a well-informed, if ultimately ineffective, Parliamentary campaign to save … Continue reading The Bach Report: Let’s be more radical and realistic

Digital Delivery of Legal Services to People on Low Incomes: 8 things we learnt over the last year

The 2017 report on Digital Delivery of Legal Services to People on Low Incomes was published today with eight conclusions summarising the current state of play which are set out below. For more detail, consult the full report. 1. The legal profession over the world is recognising that major change will follow from technological developments and that … Continue reading Digital Delivery of Legal Services to People on Low Incomes: 8 things we learnt over the last year

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

Looking the Wolf in the Eye – The Rise of the Robots: technology and the threat of mass unemployment by Martin Ford

This book is scary, readable and worth looking at even by those who concern is tightly focused on an issue like legal services for people on low incomes. It has established itself as one of the classic in its field. Published in the autumn of 2015 by Oneworld Publications, it does not specifically cover the … Continue reading Looking the Wolf in the Eye – The Rise of the Robots: technology and the threat of mass unemployment by Martin Ford

Innovation, Technology and Regulation: a view from London

A conference in London this morning dealt with the relationship between regulation and innovation – particularly the increasing deployment of technology – in the market for legal services. It was held by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum and was essentially in two parts: consideration of proposals for more regulation and the state of innovation allowed … Continue reading Innovation, Technology and Regulation: a view from London