The Lawyer of the Future as “Transaction Engineer”: Digital Technologies and the Disruption of the Legal Profession

Fenwick, M., & Vermeulen, E. P. (2019). The Lawyer of the Future as “Transaction Engineer”: Digital Technologies and the Disruption of the Legal Profession. In Legal Tech, Smart Contracts and Blockchain (pp. 253-272). Springer, Singapore This chapter introduces two connected arguments about the future of the legal profession . First, the ongoing “digital revolution ” will continue…

The Legal Services Consumer Panel in England and Wales has found ethnic minority clients feel they are not listened to by lawyers

New qualitative research commissioned by the Legal Services Consumer Panel of England and Wales highlights that ethnic minority consumers have lower levels of satisfaction with legal services they have received. The report also suggests ways in which they can be improved. The in-depth engagement with ethnic minority consumers shows that they want prompt, proactive and…

Board of Trustees approve options for California Supreme Court to review to extend the Provisional Licensure Programme

The California State Bar Board of Trustees has approved a series of options for extending the highly successful provisional licensure program (PLP) which are to be proposed to the Supreme Court. This program, directed by the Supreme Court in July 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has enabled nearly 1,200 attorneys to achieve licensure since its…

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System publishes new Allied Legal professionals Report

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, announced today that it released its new Allied Legal Professionals landscape report, along with an accompanying online Knowledge Centre. This project seeks to help standardize a new tier of legal professionals nationally, with the goal of increasing the options for…

The 2022 Law School Survey for Student Engagement finds female students more likely to participate in online law school courses

The Law School Survey for Student Engagement has found female students and students who do not identify with their gender assigned at birth are more likely to participate in classes if they are online. The LSSSE surveyed more than 13,000 law students at 70 law schools in 2022. The goal of the survey, which was administered by…

Law Society of Scotland to introduce new anti-money laundering attestation process

The Law Society of Scotland’s Anti-money Laundering team has launched a new supervisory attestation process. This new process is set to reach practices who do not fall under the scope of the AML teams full high risk inspection process. The new process will see the selected practices provide assurances across the 36 Key Compliance Principles…

The EU Anti-money Laundering Authority will be coming into force in 2023

A comprehensive EU anti-money laundering policy is set to establish the EU Anti-money Laundering Authority (AMLA) as part of its plan to prevent money laundering and the funding of terrorism. As part of it’s four legislative proposals the EU Anti-money Laundering Authority will have a direct impact on the legal profession in the EU. It…

The Legal Services Board of England and Wales publishes new regulatory performance framework

The Legal Service Board, the oversight regulatory of England and Wales, has published a new approach to regulatory performance. This new approach invites the frontline legal regulators to take the lead on demonstrating that they are well-led and have an effective approach to regulating in the public interest. The new approach encourages regulators to continually improve…

State Bar of California changes the interpretation of a statute to allow for greater transparency during disciplinary complaints

The State Bar of California today informed the California Supreme Court that it is changing its interpretation of a statute to allow for greater transparency with respect to closed disciplinary complaints. The State Bar announced that it has changed its position with respect to the Business and Professions Code section 6086(1)(b)(2). This statute allows the…