Guest post: Big data and the linguistics of law – how to win cases and influence judgments

Guest post: Big data and the linguistics of law – how to win cases and influence judgments

With the hue and cry about big data, artificial intelligence and law being accentuated by all the talk around Watson/Ross, I was interested to see this thoughtful, carefully carried out and documented piece of research into the qualities of brief writing before the US Supreme Court from US political scientist Adam Feldman. 

Guest post: Corporate lawyers under the microscope – the ‘more for less’ delusion and City firms as risk canaries

Guest post: Corporate lawyers under the microscope – the ‘more for less’ delusion and City firms as risk canaries

Last week I attended a Symposium on Corporate Lawyers organised by Steven Vaughan and his colleagues at the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER). It was a great event, bringing together a wide range of academics working on corporate lawyers alongside a fair few from corporate practice. I thought I’d share a few …

Guest post: Warning signs – Who’s to blame when commoditised legal services go wrong?

Guest post: Warning signs – Who’s to blame when commoditised legal services go wrong?

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Proctor v Raleys [2015] EWCA Civ 400 raises the interesting question as to whether commoditisation of legal services, which may lead to cheaper more accessible justice for consumers, should be held to the same professional standards as lawyers providing services in a more traditional manner.

Guest post: litigants in person, never mind the quality – it’s length that counts

Guest post: litigants in person, never mind the quality – it’s length that counts

At the same time as the MoJ has published Liz Trinder led research on litigants in person in private family law cases (disclosure, I was a member of the team) the MoJ have published the curiously described, Experimental Statistics: analysis of estimated hearing duration in Private Law cases, England and Wales, Ministry of Justice Ad-hoc …

Guest post: Tiger, Plant, Freshfields and the Short Sellers – a look at legal ethics in ABS-owner Quindell’s woes

Guest post: Tiger, Plant, Freshfields and the Short Sellers – a look at legal ethics in ABS-owner Quindell’s woes

Charles Plant, outgoing Chair of the SRA who has led the SRA through one of the more interesting phases in its relatively young life, had some interesting thoughts in a recent valedictory speech (at legal futures).  In particular, flat-earther comments aside, he is reported as having offered this:

Guest Blog: Are you behaviourally challenged? How you frame advice could influence client decisions

Guest Blog: Are you behaviourally challenged? How you frame advice could influence client decisions

I finally got round to reading this report from John Maule on the Legal Services Board research pages. It sells itself a little short with the title: Helping Legal Services Consumers Make Better Decisions: Methods to Identify and Respond to Legal Problems, because it also looks at professional decision making and strategic decision making. There’s …