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What impact has technology had on diversifying the provision of legal services?

Posted by Zenaira Khan on 21 September 2016

"Look to where the Law is going, not where the Law is."

Ayomide Akin-Oteniya recently organised an event at Hogan Lovells on celebrating diversity in the legal industry. The event was comprised of a number of talks for aspiring lawyers, most notably on how technology has diversified the provision of legal services.

In the last 20 years, the legal industry has changed considerably and possibly the most interesting change in recent times has been the types of people who are now becoming lawyers. Law almost exclusively used to be the preserve of individuals who had studied the LLB or humanities subjects. Ex scientists, engineers and mathematicians who are switching to the legal sector, bring with them a range of new skills and ways of thinking that have not been seen in the industry before.

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Preparing for a moot

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi on 17 May 2016

Preparing for a moot can be stressful. The scenario you are given may include issues which you have no prior knowledge on. Don’t panic, instead break down the preparation process step by step.

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Assisted Dying: Do We Have a Right to Die?

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi on 5 May 2016

There seems to be widespread opposition to the right to die from Parliament. This opinion seems to be rather consistent and entrenched as the BBC reported that 74% of MPs voted against the Assisted Dying Bill in 2015 in comparison to the 72% in 1997 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34208624).

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Law Revision Techniques

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi on 13 April 2016

Exam period is approaching so it’s worth stocking up on tips on how to get the best of your revision.

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How to write a law essay

Posted by Fojan Nourouzi on 4 April 2016

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The Future of Law

Posted by Zenaira Khan on 1 April 2016

Developments in science and technology have transformed virtually every industry and although it has been slow to adapt, the legal sector is no different. Clients are increasingly turning to the internet for legal information, and why shouldn’t they? The internet has made accessing legal information quick, easy and most importantly- free. Law firms are under increasing pressure from better informed and more demanding clients who are more scrutinous of bills than those of the past. Whilst many lawyers see this as a significant business challenge, the legal industry has been notoriously slow to adopt new technology and processes that would not only make their jobs easier but also offer their clients better value for money. This could be due to the fact that until now, they have not had the incentive to do so. This has exposed gaps in the market that new legal technology start-ups are seeking to fill with an arsenal of products and services powered by machine learning, natural language processing and data visualization.

People have been discussing the idea of machines and computers replacing humans for years, and while the idea may seem far-fetched at the moment, we are starting to see the first steps of a potential AI revolution.

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AI and the law. What does the future hold?

Posted by Melanie Davidson on 14 December 2015

It was recently reported by the BBC that in the future jobs will increasingly be at risk of automation from artificial intelligence (AI).

Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2025 up to one quarter of jobs in the United Kingdom will be replaced by AI of some type. In the longer term, it is predicted that 35% of existing jobs will be at risk of automation, according to a study from Oxford University and professional services firm Deloitte.

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Law via the Internet: from access to accessibility

Posted by Masoud Gerami on 8 December 2015

I attended the Law via the Internet conference in Sydney last month, as I have done a number of times since 2008.  This has always been an interesting conference to attend due to the sheer enthusiasm and dedication of those involved in the Free Access to Law Movement, including all Legal Information Institutes (LIIs).  It has also been fascinating to observe the changes that the LIIs have gone through over the years, and how their emphasis has evolved.

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A major update to JustisOne

Posted by Robin Chesterman on 7 December 2015

Yesterday we released a major update to our newest platform, JustisOne.

As well as a large number of user interface improvements, we’ve been working hard to make it as easy as possible for our users to access our content and get more from their JustisOne subscriptions.

Starting from today, all of our full-text cases will be indexed by Google and other search engines. This means that when you search on Google for a case name, you will often see the JustisOne document in the search results. It will take a little time for everything to be indexed, but the content is now ready and waiting for the search engines.

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Google announces funding for DMCA removals

Posted by Melanie Davidson on 25 November 2015

Google, owner of YouTube, has announced that it will help fund the legal fees for content creators who have received takedown notices, where their material is considered to be fair use. 

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