FinTech, AI and online justice: what technology means for the next generation of lawyers

FinTech, AI and online justice: what technology means for the next generation of lawyers

On the evening of Thursday 27 October 2016, Legal Cheek hosted an event at Lexis House to answer students’ questions about the future of the legal profession. The event was titled “FinTech, AI and online justice: what technology means for the next generation of lawyers” and included the following panellists:

The format of the evening was a mixture of prepared and live questions from the aspiring lawyers in the audience at Lexis House and those watching through Legal Cheek’s Facebook Live broadcast (you can re-watch it here and follow the commentary using #legalcheeklive on Twitter). The diverse and significant expertise of the panel coupled with wide-ranging questions from the students led to an evening of captivating discussion. Below just captures some of the discussion around central themes:

Online justice

The first question of the evening was directed towards Lord Justice Briggs and it concerned his recent review and recommendation about online civil courts and how might they widen access to justice. His response was centred around four main themes:

  • Harnessing modern IT solutions where it can be best used and leaving lawyers to do what they do best – bespoke advice on the merits of a particular case and skilled advocacy services
  • Introducing very limited fixed costs to increase efficiency and fairness
  • Taking the “A” out of ADR (alternative dispute resolution) – making mediation and arbitration as core and central parts of the process before going to a court determination
  • Making the court rules and

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About the author:
Mark is one of the Dispute Resolution blog’s technical editors. He qualified as a lawyer in Australia and worked in private practice before joining LexisNexis. In addition to contributing to the Dispute Resolution blog, he also writes for a number of LexisNexis blogs, including the Future of Law blog.