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  • algorithmsTechnology 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.

    What we do

    We aim to:

    • be an influential voice in legal, regulatory and ethical debates about the role of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine-learning, and their impact on the law and legal practice
    • inform and advise members about how technology can be applied in legal practice and the opportunities it gives their organisations
    • provide legal, policy and ethical analysis on the uses of technologies in the justice system
    • increase engagement with lawtech start-ups and other tech commercial providers
    • help members comply with IT-related professional obligations and regulatory requirements, such as data protection and cyber security

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    Will data + algorithms change what we can expect from law (and lawyers)?

    When, if at all, might computers replace humans and in what capacities? And how can we grasp the reach and depth of the transformations that are already well underway?

    12 December 2018

    Legaltech - Poor cousin no longer?

    Law Society partner Seedrs explains how the sector is flourishing - and why it's never been easier for the profession to get involved.

    26 October 2018

    Panel plans for UK to become LawTech capital

    Removing obstacles and supercharging innovation in the legaltech industry will be the focus of a wide-ranging review by the LawTech Delivery Panel.

    17 October 2018
    Press release

    President Christina Blacklaws delivers her inaugural speech

    On 5 July 2018, vice-president of the Law Society Christina Blacklaws became the 174th president, taking over from Joe Egan.

    1 October 2018

    Simon Davis' speech for Barclays Eagle launch

    On 19 June 2018, Simon Davis delivered a speech on the Law Tech Eagle Labs Initiative to mark the launch of the Law Society and Barclays partnership.

    21 June 2018

    The use of algorithms in the justice system in England and Wales

    On 14 June 2018 Christina Blacklaws delivered a speech on 'the use of algorithms in the justice system in England and Wales', launching the Public Policy Commission at London Technology Week 2018.

    14 June 2018

    Using algorithms to deliver justice - bias or boost?

    The growing use of algorithms in the justice system raises many questions with few easy answers, the Law Society of England and Wales said as it launches a public policy commission to explore the impact of technology and data on human rights and justice.

    14 June 2018
    Press release

    Legal tech in 2018: threats and opportunities

    The traditionally cautious legal sector was a relatively late adopter of technology, but this is changing.

    13 June 2018
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