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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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.
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.
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.
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?
Law Society partner Seedrs explains how the sector is flourishing - and why it's never been easier for the profession to get involved.
Removing obstacles and supercharging innovation in the legaltech industry will be the focus of a wide-ranging review by the LawTech Delivery Panel.
On 5 July 2018, vice-president of the Law Society Christina Blacklaws became the 174th president, taking over from Joe Egan.
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.
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.
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