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SRA awarded £700,000 to fund ‘robolawyer’ projects

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Taxpayers’ cash will help support AI innovations within the legal services sector

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has today been awarded just shy of £700,000 in taxpayers’ cash to fund artificial intelligence (AI) projects.

It was one of 15 winning projects for the £10 million ‘Regulators’ Pioneer Fund’. Backed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the new fund supports UK regulators in delivering cutting-edge projects that keep pace with technology.

The SRA’s project, Data-Driven Innovation in Legal Services, will seek out and accelerate ethical AI-powered legal services — potentially laying the groundwork for “robolawyers” of the future, according to a government statement. The focus will be on growing the large underdeveloped legal services market for small businesses and consumers, where AI and automation can have a transformative impact.

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Commenting on the news, Paul Philip, SRA chief executive, said:

“Smart use of technology could help tackle the problem that far too many people struggle to access expert legal advice. It will help us further build on our work to encourage new ways of delivering legal services, benefiting both the public and small business.”

Other winning projects to take a slice of the £10 million pot include the Civil Aviation Authority, which received £1 million to find ways to unblock barriers to innovations such as flying taxis. The winning regulators will launch their projects in October.

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15 Comments

Anonymous

Investing its way out of existence. Classic SRA.

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Anonymous

No doubt the SRA will botch this £700,000 project, just like how they are (and will continue) to botch the SQE

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Critical Thinker

And the LPC. And the GDL. And the PSC. And 99% of disciplinary cases they can be bothered to even look into.

Seriously, if ever a QUANGO belonged on a bonfire …

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Anonymous

Is it gammon steak?

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Anonymous

Oh dear, someone has been reading too much Susskind wank.

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A trust fund with a trust fund

Which susskind?:
Old phd susskind?
Young son susskind?
Younger barrister that cba to do a useful profession so he’d rather write AI fan fiction susskind?

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Anonymous

Or was it uncle Susskind, who was struck off as a solicitor in Scotland?

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Anonymous

Lol really? Link?

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Terrance and Phillip 🇨🇦

🎶Shut your sucking face, Uncle Susskind!🎶

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JD partner

Have you not heard of sex robots?

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Anonymous

We need a four day week!

We need socialism, now!

Nationalise the railways!

Tax city greed to pay for legal aid!

VOTE LABOUR

FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW!!

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Anonymous

LOL @ Legal Cheek deleting the Susskind posts.

Take it their go to AI story commenters got in touch to object?

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Anonymous

This is a really bad follow up to RoboCop

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