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Panel plans for UK to become LawTech capital

17 October 2018

Removing obstacles and supercharging innovation in the legal technology industry will be the focus of a wide-ranging review undertaken by the newly established LawTech Delivery Panel, Lords spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice Lord Keen and Law Society president Christina Blacklaws announced today.

Speaking at the annual Legal Geek conference, Christina Blacklaws said the panel’s goal is to ensure the UK is the perfect place for LawTech companies to do business.

“England and Wales is already a jurisdiction of choice for legal services and we hope to be the same for LawTech businesses,” Christina Blacklaws said.

“Working with the industry is a priority for the panel. We want to understand their goals and how government, industry and legal professionals can help them get there.

“Some of the challenges we face include tackling regulatory roadblocks, promoting investment, and considering the skills required by a future generation of professionals.

“Solicitors are keen to take up the challenges and opportunities provided by LawTech and I’m confident they have the right blend of skills and experience to succeed in this brave new world.”

Lord Keen said: “I’ve seen first-hand the cutting edge initiatives already underway across the country to develop a legal services sector in which new technology can thrive.

“That is why I am delighted to be working closely with partners across the industry to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the global LawTech revolution.”

The LawTech Delivery Panel is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of England and Wales.

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Panel members:

  • Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society of England and Wales and Chair
  • Rt Hon. Lord Keen of Elie QC, Lords Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice
  • Rt Hon. Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court
  • Professor Richard Susskind, Technology Advisor to the Lord Chief Justice
  • Dr Anna Donovan, Vice Dean, Innovation, Faculty of Laws, University College London
  • Gary Campkin, TheCityUK
  • Sonya Branch, General Counsel, Bank of England
  • Rosemary Martin, General Counsel, Vodafone

Richard Tromans (Tromans Consulting) is also acting as a technical advisor to the panel.

The panel has established six taskforces to tackle challenges in the broad areas of: regulation; ethics; commercial dispute resolution; education and training; investment and funding; and establishing the UK as jurisdiction of choice for LawTech.

Read more about the panel

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