Shake up of legal services not backed by evidence

Widespread concerns about deregulation of the solicitor profession must be taken into account and new rules rejected by the oversight regulator, the Law Society of England and Wales said today as the Legal Services Board (LSB) considers proposals to create different tiers of solicitors and reduce consumer protections. Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: "The … Continue reading Shake up of legal services not backed by evidence

Brexit white paper has some of the right ingredients but proof will be in the pudding

Theresa May's white paper on Brexit was today given a cautious welcome by the Law Society of England and Wales. “Tax take from the legal and accountancy sectors alone pays the equivalent of salaries for 50,000 doctors and more than 82,000 nurses so it makes sense that steps are taken to protect this vital sector,” … Continue reading Brexit white paper has some of the right ingredients but proof will be in the pudding

Using algorithms to deliver justice – bias or boost?

The growing use of algorithms in the justice system raises many questions with few easy answers, the Law Society of England and Wales said as it launched a public policy commission to explore the impact of technology and data on human rights and justice. Law Society vice president and commissioner Christina Blacklaws said: “Big data … Continue reading Using algorithms to deliver justice – bias or boost?