Technological innovation and the changing nature of lawyering (and law teaching) in England and Wales

Seminar/Forum

Technological innovation and the changing nature of lawyering (and law teaching) in England and Wales

Room 920, Level 9
Law
185 Pelham Street

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This public seminar will be presented by Professor Lisa Webley - University of Westminster, UK

With the introduction of the Legal Services Act 2007 and the development of alternative business structures, lawyering is on the brink of a quiet revolution in England and Wales. Data scientists are working closely with entrepreneurial lawyers to move from client-lawyer co-produced services such as those provided through online document assembly programmes (always permitted in a jurisdiction with very narrow unauthorised legal practice rules) to predictive models to support lawyers in complex contract negotiations and arbitrations. This paper will provide some insights into the ways in which technologically assisted lawyering is moving from an efficiency phase into a more dynamic support phase with the use of machine learning algorithms to provide analytics that enhance lawyer decision-making. It will also consider what this may mean for legal education in England and Wales, and beyond.

Presenter

  • Dr Lisa Webley
    Dr Lisa Webley, University of Westminster