Legal tech

Latest news, analyses and case studies covering legal technology and its impact on law firm process, structures and lawyers’ career choices.


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A&O puts its name to fourth Fuse start-up in new licensing deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to license and roll out globally the technology developed by one of the start-ups that is part of Fuse, its core innovation space in London. The start-up, Avvoka, was created in 2016 by David Howorth and Eliot Benzecrit, who developed a digital platform to allow businesses to automatically create, […]

A&O fills Fuse space with Bank of England tech team

Allen & Overy (A&O) has joined forces with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Bank of England in a bid to make regulatory reporting more accurate through the use of technology. Starting from mid-October, the magic circle firm’s tech incubator Fuse will host the pair’s “Digital Regulatory Reporting” pilot project team, exploring the ways technology […]


Pricing specialist claims most tools are “glorified Excel spreadsheets” as new platform launches

A new “intelligent” pricing platform is set to launch to help law firms elaborate more accurate budget and price proposals and comply with incoming transparency regulations. The product was developed by legal services pricing firm Validatum in collaboration with AI platform Neota Logic, which is used by law firms such as Clifford Chance, Allen & […]


Case studies

Travers Smith’s Dunkirk spirit during an 18-month office overhaul

Travers Smith has not moved offices. It has not abandoned its treasured room-sharing system for open plan. But someone walking into 10 Snow Hill, where Travers has been based since 1990, would be forgiven for thinking they had lost their way. The firm has recently completed a total refurbishment of its offices, all while keeping […]

Legal tech briefings

Legal technology: Looking past the hype

Did the expression “UK Legal Tech Landscape” once make you excited and now make you groan? Increasingly you are not alone. Overblown promises and a lack of clear solution-based thinking has driven confusion and disillusionment with legal technology. This is due, in part, to the fast pace of change in the legal industry and the […]

ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the Data Protection Act 1998

By JP Buckley The ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the previous Data Protection Act 1998. It applies where the breach was before 25 May 2018, when the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. We have seen from recent enforcement action that the trends continue… data protection and security is not […]

What next after GDPR?

By JP Buckley The 25 May 2018, when GDPR, and the associated UK Data Protection Act 2018, came into force was a landmark date for data privacy, but fast forward nearly six months, what should you be doing now? A plan is critical Doubtless you will have all seen project plans setting out all the […]

Digital infrastructure required for CAVs

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) are set to change the way we travel and interact with the world around us. In the future, we will see cars and other vehicles driven without human intervention while connecting to the Internet, our devices and surrounding infrastructure. CAVs offer the opportunity to transform our driving and travel experiences. […]

Canadian Centre for Cyber Security goes live

By Brent J. Arnold Last week saw the rollout of a key piece of the Government of Canada’s 2018 cyber security strategy as the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (“CCCS”), first announced in June 2018, went live. THE ROLE OF THE NEW CCCS The creation of the CCCS consolidates government cyber security operational units and enhances […]

Assert your cyber strength

Compromised data compromises goodwill. As the public wakes up to how much of its data is in circulation, how long it can be stored and how much value it has, they are rightly demanding that it be properly secured. Consequently, a data breach has become one of the biggest threats to an organisation’s reputation. As […]

Blockchain and its use in various sectors

By David E Brennan, Michael J Luckman Blockchain technology is changing the landscape in a major way. However, this innovative technology comes with highly complex laws and processes that require sophisticated legal and technical expertise, and an insider’s understanding of the ever-evolving regulatory space. Our experts provide an introduction to Blockchain and its use across a wide […]

Lloyd v Google LLC – Data protection claims and damage

By Zoe O’Sullivan In Lloyd v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 2599 (QB), the court has shed further light on the limits of a claim for compensation for breach by a data controller of its statutory duty to comply with the data protection principles in relation to personal data. The duty is set out in section 4(4) […]

Austria – FMA’s guidelines on ICOs and token classification

By Thomas Kulnigg The Austrian Financial Market Authority (Finanzmarktaufsicht, FMA) has recently published guidelines on how it views Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) from a financial services regulatory perspective. The guidelines intend to provide clarification on the FMA’s view on “Crypto Assets”, the term that the FMA uses for virtual currencies, coins and tokens. What are ICOs? The […]

Cyber security and lenders – How to manage the risks faced by borrowers

By Kirsty Barnes, Catherine Phillips Highly publicised incidents affecting sophisticated and global businesses such as Facebook and the NHS demonstrate that cyberattacks have the potential to affect almost any borrower. Whilst these risks cannot be eradicated, the consequences for lenders can be managed. In this Insight our Banking and Finance experts explore ways in which we can […]

Electronic signatures are valid – Law Commission

By Mark Shepherd and Stephen Dawson The Law Commission has published its provisional findings on the validity of electronic signatures and has outlined potential options for reform. In January 2018, following concerns over a lack of clarity in the law, the Law Commission launched a project to address uncertainties as to the formalities around electronic […]

Strategies for enabling client-centric delivery model

Law firms operate within a highly competitive market where the rules of the game have changed. As clients become more informed about process, value, and alternative services, long-term relationships are being challenged. Clients are now setting the agenda, requiring a shift to a client-centric strategy. To thrive in the new client-empowered era, firms must make […]

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