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20/20 vision – the start of a transformative decade for consumer legaltech

Go back a year and look at what the legal industry predicted 2019 would hold. Process automation, document review and blockchain-backed smart contracts were all mooted, and they have been making an impact. With record external investment going into UK legaltech start-ups, 2019 has indeed been transformative, but it still looks like the beneficial effects of legaltech are being almost exclusively felt in the corporate sector.

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Who are the innovators using tech to increase access to legal services: An overview of applications to the Legal Access Challenge

There is a large and stubborn legal gap in England and Wales, and this is a problem not only for the worst off in our society. Despite our world-class legal system and our status as a global hub for commercial law, six in ten people do not feel the legal system is set up for individuals and small businesses, with the vast majority wanting it to be easier to access justice.

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Small businesses + legal access: levelling the playing field

We love an underdog in the UK. I often wonder if it’s down to our love of fair play, the belief that everyone deserves a chance and a level playing field. Too often though things seemed to be stacked against small businesses, particularly when it comes to legal access.

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Apps, digital filing and online dispute resolution – here’s how tech is changing law

Not enough British people have access to legal expertise – just one in three individuals with a legal problem speaks to an expert of any kind, and only one in ten individuals or small businesses gets advice from a solicitor or barrister, according to research by the Legal Services Board and the MOJ.

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How innovation can unlock legal services for the majority

In a recent speech, Lord Burnett of Maldon (the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales) said: “It is not every generation that is called upon to question the fundamentals of their systems, of their ways of working. The implications for all of us of the digital revolution are all too apparent. Justice cannot be immune from them.”

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Report: The use of technology to widen access to justice

This report is a summarised version of the full research report produced for the SRA. The report was produced following a research and design phase to explore the access to justice issues, the potential for digital technology solutions to help address these, the barriers to these solutions emerging, and based on the findings to recommend a challenge prize design.

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