LSSA white paper on procuring legal software

The Legal Software Suppliers Association has published a white paper on the procurement of legal software, the steps to take, and pitfalls to avoid.   The following is a summary of factors to consider. 1.      Deciding to change supplier   Unless there has been a compelling reason (e.g., the software is no longer supported) why you must change your […]

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Clamping down on fake online reviews

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently announced that it will be receiving additional enforcement powers in preparation for new laws seeking to stamp out fake online reviews. The proposals, contained in a government consultation Reforming competition and consumer policy, would essentially make it illegal to: commission someone to write or submit a fake review; […]

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The Online Safety Bill – the quest for clarity continues

In a June 2021 article in the Newsletter I looked at the then-current draft of the Online Safety Bill, providing a general overview of the government’s aims in putting forward that draft legislation and considering the challenges presented by some central points of uncertainty at the heart of the bill. Since that time, there have […]

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Open case law is here at last

From today judgments of the superior courts of England and Wales have a new, official home at The National Archives (TNA) which has now taken over the HMCTS publishing contract from BAILII. The Case Law website at https://caselaw.nationalarchives.gov.uk is dubbed an “Alpha”. Essentially it is a work in progress and it is best not to […]

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Restricting the internet

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and the subsequent imposition of a wide array of sanctions by Western governments and companies, has raised the prospect of Russia essentially unplugging itself from the global internet. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has refused calls to revoke Russia’s top-level domains and Secure Sockets Layer […]

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The Law Commission report on automated vehicles

The recently published joint report of the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission addresses some of the legal questions concerning the introduction of driverless cars onto British roads. The report proposes an “Automated Vehicles Act” to ensure there are adequate regulations governing such vehicles, meaning those “capable of driving themselves […]

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Web3: blockchain, cryptocurrencies, NFTs – where will it end?

There’s a buzz currently around Web3. “What’s that?”, you ask. You’ve doubtless heard of cryptocurrencies and perhaps now also about blockchain and NFTs. These are all part of the same picture, but how do they relate to each other and where will they lead us? The 1-2-3 of the web Web 1.0 was the term […]

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What to expect from digital conveyancing in 2022

The conveyancing sector has seen quite the transformation over the last five years, transitioning from a labour-intensive manual industry to one that is embracing digital. There are big changes coming to the industry in 2022, from mandatory digital AP1 submissions to greater adoption of completely digital onboarding solutions and eSignature usage. Technology has played a […]

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Accountability for algorithms

Sometimes it is hard to remember that law goes on being made during pandemics, just as it does during wars and in economic crises. The laws made now whilst we battle with the ethical and economic impact of possible further lock-downs and social distancing measures, is intended to regulate future activities, even if we can’t […]

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Electronic Evidence and Electronic Signatures

The 5th edition of Electronic Evidence and Electronic Signatures updates this well-established practitioner text. Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng have brought together a team of experts in the field to provide an exhaustive treatment of electronic evidence and electronic signatures. This edition continues to follow the tradition in English evidence text books by basing the […]

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Smart doorbells: data protection concerns

As more and more everyday products are produced with internet connectivity – whether it actually improves functionality or is more of a gimmick – there are increased concerns regarding cybersecurity and data protection. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to both these WiFi-enabled goods and the wider concept of having everything connected to the internet […]

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Court judgments to be publicly available from The National Archives

As announced in June 2021, from April 2022 significant court judgments past and present from the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Crown Court, the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, the Privy Council, and other courts and tribunals, will be available as public records from The National Archives (TNA). At present, there are […]

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