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Lawyers don’t need a ‘Second Life’ conference

In the time of lockdown, Nicole Black has pondered at ‘Above the Law‘ that:- Surely there’s a way to hold a virtual conference that’s more interactive and allows attendees to be more engaged with both vendors and other attendees. Nicole thinks we need something more than Zoom. Her suggestion is that we should have avatars…

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Registers of Scotland scramble to find a ‘Digital Solution’ in the time of COVID-19

Registers of Scotland today announced that they were closing Meadowbank House, in Edinburgh and St Vincent Plaza, in Glasgow from today. As a consequence, the application record to register title to land in Scotland has been suspended until further notice as they will be unable to process any paper applications after today. This step was…

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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…

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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:-…

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Legal Geek 2019 : The One with the Filing Cabinet, the Axe and the Sling

On 16 October I attended the 2019 Legal Geek Conference in Shoreditch, London. This was the fourth Legal Geek London Conference and my second. I attended last year’s event: The One where Reality overtook Hype. The day started with long queues:- The Conference had already started by the time me and many others reached the…

Law Society of Scotland sell badges to Accredit certain Legal Technologists only

The Law Society of Scotland have not done very well in recent times with their legal technology initiatives. I remember fondly the days of their Nothing but the Net Conferences when they ran well informed legal technology events. That was more than a decade ago. Ten plus years later and they are foundering ¬†with initiatives…

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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…

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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…

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Lexpo Bot and The Seven Deadly Sins of Legal Tech Predictions

As indicated previously I was to give a talk on The Seven Deadly Sins of Legal Tech Predictions at Lexpo 2019 in Amsterdam. What I didn’t reveal at that time (I kept it for a surprise on the day) was that I would appear on stage dressed as Lexpo Bot. The reason for this was…

Document Automation is not a good use case for Lawyers Learning to Code

Artificial Lawyer has suggested in a recent article that if you have a good use case then lawyers should learn to code. The good use case, in his opinion, in this instance is yet another new document automation tool. Apparently Firelex is “a platform that allows for relatively straightforward coding to create your own bespoke…