CILEx Regulation is engaged with a variety of stakeholders across the legal and tech sectors and are supporting various initiatives so as to encourage the responsible uptake of lawtech and innovation in the sector.
You can find out more about some of our previous work on technology and innovation by following the links in the sidebar.
Put simply, the term ‘lawtech’ can be used to describe technologies that are employed specifically for the purposes augmenting or replacing traditional methods of legal services delivery, whether this be in terms of legal practice, or of the justice system more generally.
You may see the terms ‘lawtech’, ‘legaltech’, and ‘legal technology’ be used interchangeably in this context. While there is some debate as to the scope of each term, they can usually be encapsulated within the above definition.
A few examples of technologies commonly considered to be lawtech include:
While the basic function of these technologies is not always legal, they are often referred to as ‘lawtech’ when applied to the provision of legal services.
There are also a number of high-profile public technological initiatives that suggest a more fundamental shift in the legal services sector. For example, see the work being conducted by LawTech UK, the HMCTS Court Reform Programme or HM Land Registry’s ‘Digital Street’ initiative.
What are the benefits?
When utilised in the right way, lawtech holds immense potential to benefit both the consumer and the legal services provider by:
The benefits of lawtech are only just beginning to be felt, with the regulatory environment shifting to allow for a greater degree of innovation in the sector.
We support the responsible uptake of technology and innovation in the legal sector, insofar as such progress continues to benefit the consumer. As such, we are continually engaging with stakeholders to legal services to best assess how this can be achieved.
We appreciate that novel ideas can take many forms, and it is often difficult to know where to begin.
If you are currently regulated by CILEx Regulation…
You might be unsure whether your innovative idea fits within our current rules and regulations. In this case, you might want to review our waiver policy.
This policy sets out the limited set of circumstances under which we are able to waive specific rules and regulations to allow for those unforeseen circumstances where they may act as a barrier to innovative practices.
If you do not believe the innovation you are considering requires a rule waiver, but would still like regulatory reassurance that it will comply with our rules, then please feel free to get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of the page.
If you are a lawtech provider, or interested in becoming part of our regulated community…
Please consider getting in touch to find out how we can support you. We can provide regulatory guidance concerning your innovative offering or refer you to the right people within our network who may be able to help.
If you would like to get in touch regarding our technology and innovation work at CILEx Regulation, please contact Felix Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org