Susskind’s Metaverse

Legal futurist and fellow Scot, Richard Susskind, has entered the metaverse [N.B. paywall if not subscribed to The Times]. He did so at a virtual reality exhibit at the British Legal Technology Forum where he was apparently encouraged to virtually walk the plank. He was too scared to do so. 400 million Metaverse Users? Susskind…

Metaverses and the Internet

On LinkedIn I saw this post by Jason Anderson about metaverses and the internet:- Please stop talking about “metaverses”. There (will be) one single metaverse, not multiple metaverses. The individual spaces within the metaverse don’t yet have an agreed-on descriptor, but it’ll be something like universe, world, space, node, etc. To understand this, just think about…

Legal Services Regulation Reform Bill to be introduced in 2022 / 2023

The Scottish Government will introduce a Legal Services Regulation Reform Bill in the 2022 to 2023 parliamentary year. The Programme for Government 2022 to 2023 was announced by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on 6 September 2022. This includes 18 new bills. The Summary of Bills contained in The Programme [PDF] states that the Legal Services…

Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland: Consultation Analysis Reviewed – Part 5: Complaints and Redress

This post, on complaints and redress, is the fifth in a series of five blog posts, each one looking at different aspects of the Consultation Analysis on Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland. That consultation comes on the back of the ‘Roberton Review‘, which was an independent Review commissioned by the Scottish Government in 2017…

Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland: Consultation Analysis Reviewed – Part 4: Business Structures

This post, on business structures, is the fourth in a series of five blog posts, each one looking at different aspects of the Consultation Analysis on Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland. That consultation comes on the back of the ‘Roberton Review‘, which was an independent Review commissioned by the Scottish Government in 2017 and…

Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland: Consultation Analysis Reviewed – Part 2: The Potential Regulatory Models

This post, on regulatory models, is the second in a series of five blog posts, each one looking at different aspects of the Consultation Analysis on Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland. That consultation comes on the back of the ‘Roberton Review‘, which was an independent Review commissioned by the Scottish Government in 2017 and…

Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland: Consultation Analysis Reviewed – Part 1: Overview

Yesterday the Scottish Government published its Consultation Analysis [PDF] on Legal Services Regulation Reform in Scotland. It extends to 138 pages covering many aspects of possible regulatory reform of legal services in Scotland. It has been a long time in coming. Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010 England & Wales have had fundamental regulatory reform since…

Not the Metaverse

In January I asked ‘will 2022 be the year that lawyers get legless in the metaverse?’ I didn’t think they should. I thought then that their time would be much better spent in the real world and not the metaverse. Whilst I was writing from the viewpoint of a lawyer I really think this applies…