As COVID forces disruption upon the world there is an opportunity for extensive positive change including in the law. Courts that have resisted online document submission and video conferencing have adopted them virtually overnight. Firms that could not get away from printing everything on the file have suddenly adopted cloud storage and filing. A vast number of meetings that could have been emails have become, well, emails.
Our contracts and the law surrounding them do not account for systemic risk. I believe that the common law has done a good job of balancing risks between parties (or rather a not-terrible job: it is difficult to determine whether law is truly good, merely whether there could be worse). Parties are generally held to their obligations, and there are limited situation that they can get out of them such as misrepresentation, fraud, implied terms, unconscionability, duress, frustration and undue influence to name a few.
Home for Ailira in the further reaches of Australia is sometimes on the move (although not for much longer as Australia edges towards complete lockdown) to get to clients........... and like many many others working from home can mean bored husbands and children...
As the pandemic COVID-19 causes widespread destruction we must all pull together to do what we can. Until further notice the Law Firm Without Lawyers will be providing FREE simple Wills through Ailira to Health Service workers and persons over 70 years old. Simply enter the code “Health2020” when payment details are requested.
Last week I was reading Yet Another End of Billable-hour Story “YAE-BS” and decided the time is ripe for change in the legal industry: we need to see the end of YAE-BS.
Fair Work Australia has just ruled that law clerks must be paid overtime when they are working above full time. Some commentators have decried the end of a rite of passage and induction into a particular culture. Others have wondered if this will impact upon law graduate’s job opportunities. And others have celebrated the end to overwork and underpay.
They are on the mark with their great title too. “Law Firm Without Lawyers Needs Lawyers”
We;; worth a read if you have a spare moment.””Non-JDs should no longer be barred from ownership of law firms, and similarly, non-JDs should not be barred from the provisioning of some legal services. In reality, this has already partially occurred through the encroachment of global consulting firms into legal services,” notes ROSS’ Andrew Arruda.”
Legal AI News
Google has called on the European Union to use current EU laws to govern the use of artificial intelligence rather than draft new ones and cautioned against a one size fits all regulatory framework because of AI’s diverse applications. Reports The Insurance Journal.
UC Davis Law Student Alison Corn was recently awarded a second place prize at the International Iron Tech Lawyer Invitational for her innovative app assisting domestic abuse survivors, according to the UC Davis School of Law.
On May 19, 2020, Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9) introduced the Advancing Quantum Computing Act (AQCA), which would require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study on quantum computing.
Rekha Shenoy points legal professionals toward understanding their data and collaborating with IT teams on technology systems that are straightforward and self-service writes LexBlog
An online dispute resolution forum for small businesses is among the projects to receive £2m in government backing in the latest initiative to nurture ‘lawtech’. The Ministry of Justice-backed LawTechUK Vision announced today will also develop a ‘sandbox’ to help test new ideas for transforming the legal sector through digital technologies.
Professionals embracing technologies such as AI, robotics, data rooms, deal management platforms, client portals, automated reporting and e-signatures will be able to provide their services faster, better and at lower rates.
The working group will be charged with exploring the development of a regulatory sandbox to evaluate possible changes to existing laws and rules that may inhibit the development of innovative legal service delivery systems.
To find specific information in a million-plus contracts, the global professional services company turned to natural language processing and AI, launching a legal analytics hub in the process. Reports CIO Australia