Law Society Legal News Summary 19 November 2021

 New figures show fewer police probes lead to court action 

Coverage continues in Cumbria Crack of the latest Home Office figures on police recorded crimes. 

Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce said the backlog means cases may take years rather than months to reach court. 

She added: "Because memories fade over time, there is a risk that evidence given in court will not be as good as if cases were brought promptly, which may affect the outcome."

Content automation driving business? 

Legal Brief looks at the role technology can play in law firms in the wake of the pandemic which it suggests exposed flaws in firm business models. It cites our analysis of legal tech and where that sits in development terms compared, say, to fintech.

Bringing men into the frame 

Richard Collier, a professor of law at Newcastle Law School, writes on mental health among those working in the legal sector in response to LawCare's recently published Life in the Law Study. 

He writes: "The Law Society's Women in Leadership in Law project and Male Champions for Change roundtable and toolkit reveal a renewed focus on the role of men in advancing gender equality in the legal profession. Yet there has been a relative absence of studies of men as men..."

Also worth a read: 

  • Lord chief justice on shortage of criminal defence lawyers - Gazette
  • Criminal probe after outage triggered conveyancing chaos - Gazette
  • Bindman attacks judicial diversity 'plan' - Gazette
  • Left 'hijacks' social media – Dorries - BBC

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