Commentary

PURPOSE

Existential crisis facing the legal profession

Becoming a partner is not the purpose that will motivate many lawyers for much longer, says Andy Milligan of the Caffeine Partnership. Doing something they believe in and in a way that benefits the world and suits them is a more sustainable solution.

COURTS

Modernising the courts: investing in technology

In the face of increasingly sophisticated international competition, are our courts doing enough to stay up to date? John MacKenzie of Shepherd & Wedderburn says there is more work to be done in the County Courts.

LITIGATION FUNDING

Litigation funding enhances Singapore as dispute forum

Has Singapore missed a trick in not permitting third-party funding for all cases heard by the Singapore International Commercial Court, ask Charlie Morris and Lara Hofer of Woodsford Litigation Funding?

LEGALTECH

AI is out, augmented intelligence is in for 2018

Chatbots and conversational search will be the focus for legal technologists next year, say Jeff Pfeifer of LexisNexis and Josh Becker of Lex Machina who give their predictions on what's hot and what's not.

FINANCIAL REGULATION

UK financial regulator widens its net

The financial regulators are already enforcing breaches of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, aimed at supervising more financial services employees.

COMPETITION

Coty ECJ win provides a degree of comfort

Whilst the Coty win is good news for luxury, companies must beware of restrictions in distribution agreements which could breach competition law, say Trudy Feaster-Gee and Richard Butterworth of Walker Morris.