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    Six ways the legal sector is using AI right now

    Law Society partner and equity crowdfunding platfrom Seedrs explains how developments within AI are taking law firms and solicitors to the next level.

    13 December 2018
    Feature

    Consent form: Access to client health records

    Updated version of the consent form to be used for the release of health records under the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.

    14 November 2018
    Advice

    Family law, data, civil disputes - what happens in the wake of a no-deal Brexit

    Growing concern that the UK could exit the EU without a deal has led the Law Society to publish guidance for solicitors to mitigate some of the risks.

    12 November 2018
    Press release

    No-deal Brexit guidance: Data protection

    This guide highlights the implications of lawful transfers of EU personal data in the UK should the UK leave the EU without reaching an agreement.

    8 November 2018
    Advice

    Law Society podcast on IP (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017

    The Law Society has today finalised membership of its new Board by appointing two solicitors not already on its governing Council, together with two lay members.

    7 February 2018
    News

    Joint Intellectual Property-Brexit position note to government

    We have produced a joint position paper summarising the key priorities and recommendations for the government to consider in relation to Intellectual Property and Brexit.

    9 January 2018
    News

    Blockchain: How pizza can change the world

    On Saturday 22 May 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida, Laszlo Hanyecz made a revolutionary transaction: he bought two Domino's pizzas for the equivalent of $41. This was the first ever purchase made using the digital currency Bitcoin. 

    18 October 2017
    Blog

    Intellectual Property: Why you should choose the UK

    There are many excellent reasons to choose the UK for the protection, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property.

    14 February 2017
    News

    Cybersecurity: What the Panama Papers can teach all law firms

    The Panama Papers leak exposed the most common weakest link in law firms' cybersecurity: its people. Mark Leiser looks at what firms can learn from the scandal.

    2 February 2017
    Blog

    Data protection

    The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) regulates the processing of information relating to individuals. Solicitors must comply with the DPA. Failure to do so may constitute a criminal offence. This practice note sets out how solicitors can comply with the Act.

    16 June 2016
    Practice note
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