Atrium: A Post-mortem

On Tuesday (3 March 2020) Tech Crunch broke the news that Atrium, the Californian based hybrid legal software and law firm, was shutting down. Tech Crunch said this was “after failing to figure out how to deliver better efficiency than a traditional law firm”. Atrium has now laid off all its employees, which totaled just…

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:-…

#JDHorizons London 2019 – The one without Justin

So you may recall that last year I won a life time pass to #JDHorizons (the annual conference organised by Janders Dean) as a result of dressing up as Willy Wonka. I didn’t have to dress up this year. Last year the invite was a chocolate bar with a golden ticket inside. This year it…

“Legal Design” or should we call it something else?

An interesting debate took place on Twitter over the past few days on the term “Legal Design”. I thought it would be worthwhile documenting it on here as it will soon be lost on Twitter as we move on there to the next hot topic. I think this is a debate worth preserving and perhaps…

Debate on Legal Services Regulation in Scotland heats up on Twitter in advance of the live event in Glasgow

Legal Hackers Scotland are bringing together all the main players for a unique debate at the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow next Wednesday (13 February) on the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland. Presentations and debate will be provided by a distinguished panel of speakers: Esther Roberton (Chair of the Review); Neil Stevenson (CEO of…

Flushed for Success: Loo Law Launches

When tech entrepreneur Sidney James approached me to write an exclusive about the launch of his new and first legal tech initiative, ‘Loo Law’, I was a bit sceptical. At first it sounded quite bizarre but the more I heard about it the more interesting it became. Was this real legal innovation at play? Sidney’s…