Technology drives change in the legal services sector and the justice system.
The increasing use of algorithms and artificial intelligence in the justice system means we need to thoroughly examine regulation, safeguards and ethical constraints on the use of these technologies.
Legal practice is also changing, with lawyers learning new skills and adopting new technologies in their organisations. This gives the profession significant opportunities to innovate and provide better services for clients. They can increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve outcomes.
The legal profession can also harness technology to promote access to justice.
Recognising the importance of this field, we’re running a comprehensive programme of work on technology and the law.
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Technology has the potential to unlock justice for all, according to our new report, but it is by no means a "silver bullet".
Richard Mabey, CEO & co-founder of Juro (contract management software for teams) shares his experience working with customers on getting the most out of your legal tech software.
"However fast regulation moves, technology moves faster."- Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner
Innovate UK is awarding up to £1.15 million per project to develop responsible data access and sharing methods in the legal services sector.
Christina Blacklaws launched the Technology and the Law Policy Commission's report at the Artificial Intelligence in Legal Services Summit.
Christina Blacklaws is the president of the Law Society and chairs the Technology & Law Commission alongside co-commissioners Professor Sofia Olhede and Professor Sylvie Delacroix.
We have welcomed news that the government is to invest just over £2 million to support new and emerging technologies in the legal sector.
Following a year-long investigation, we have concluded that the ad hoc use of complex algorithms in the justice system needs urgent oversight.
The UK Juriscition Taskforce is seeking views of those with an interest in the legal status of cryptoassets, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts.
Lawtech in the UK has a long way to go if it is to reach its potential, the Law Society of England and Wales said.
Half-day conference on 26 September, where expert speakers will explore major DP challenges for solicitors, identify new technology danger spots, practical advice on mitigating risk and more topics of interest.