Is it smart for lawyers to blockchain?

Hot on the heels of Gartner predicting that by 2023 “Lawbots” will handle a quarter of internal legal requests and referencing a Divorce Bot that actually (unbeknown to them) only ‘lived’ for 3 days, they have now recommended businesses move to test and adopt smart contracts and blockchain. They have stated:- The impact of blockchain smart…

Legal Jobs -v- LawBots : Gartner, McKinsey and the V&A

This past week reading a couple of articles on the internet and visiting a museum made me think a lot about the future of jobs in law and whether or not robots would be replacing us. I have, of course, previously visited this question and in particular the seven deadly sins that can be committed…

Is the Atrium ‘pivot’ really shades of Clearspire?

Last week Atrium, the Californian law firm / legal tech company dedicated to serving the needs of startups, announced it was pairing back its law firm operation by laying off an unspecified number of lawyers (although it would appear to be most of them) and pivoting to their next phase of growth. They will apparently:-…

Source Conference 2019 : The One with Lego

Last year I went to the Source Conference by Symphony Legal to play a board game. This year I flew in from Cyprus to play with lego. That’s how the first day of the conference ended so we will come to that later. The MC was comedian Celia Delaney who told us the day was…

Innovate Legal with Clio in Glasgow and in Edinburgh

Next month Clio are holding two Innovate Legal evenings in Scotland of discussion, technology and networking. First in Glasgow (8th October 2019 at The Studio, 67 Hope Street) and then in Edinburgh (10th October 2019 at Atria One, 144 Morrison Street). I have been invited to talk at both. The aim of these Innovate Legal…

Legal Blogging and Freedom of Expression

My last blog post resulted in a legal journalist threatening me with legal action for doing nothing more than republishing their own public tweet on the topic I was blogging about. It seemed extraordinary for a legal journalist to be seeking to suppress freedom of expression by a legal blogger. I thought it might be…

Legal Tech start-ups need to beware of the Thomson Reuters competition

This week Artificial Lawyer republished a press release from Thomson Reuters about a competition that they have launched:- Global legal publisher and tech company, Thomson Reuters (TR), is launching a new prize for RegTech and legal tech companies that could see the winner bag up to a $250,000 investment, partnership with the business, plus $15,000…