Data minefield

The Law Society Gazette held a roundtable discussion about GDPR recently in which I participated. "Some of the people I’ve been speaking to are amazed that there is a Data Protection Act 1998, let alone GDPR. I explain to them that if you look back far enough, we’ve had data protection obligations in the UK… Continue reading Data minefield


Hacking legal tech in London

The London limb of the Global Legal Hackathon took place in February 2018. On offer was an interrupted weekend but with pizza & beer, a chance to test new ideas, to meet like-minded people, to speak to mentors and to develop some tech that could be useful in the legal sector. The teams came up… Continue reading Hacking legal tech in London


Steep rise in data registration fees

 Up until now, registering with the ICO has been a no-brainer. It's one of the questions that gets asked on the sale of the business. The buyer's lawyer says "Have you had any data breaches? Have you registered with the ICO?" For most SMBs, it was a £35 hit to make them more compliant. Of course, registration… Continue reading Steep rise in data registration fees

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Robot lawyers to take over

Anyone seen the Boston Dynamics suite of robots? Amazing or terrifying depending on your view. As usual, it's worth seeking out the comments on YouTube. Here are some: "Did someone let Tony Hawk know he's being replaced by a Terminator?" "Should've been 'Introducing Michael Jackson Bot'" "Welcome to the Future" There are plenty who believe the… Continue reading Robot lawyers to take over