Westminster Law School hosted 85 guests at a panel discussion on the disruption that artificial intelligence and other forms of technology are likely to have on the legal professions. 

Held by the Law School’s Centre on the Legal Profession and chaired by Dr Paresh Kathrani, Senior Lecturer in Law and Centre member, the event ‘Technology and Legal Practice…How Disruptive Can it Possibly Be?’ brought together three eminent speakers in disruptive technologies and the law. In attendance was Chrissie Lightfoot, Visiting Fellow of the Centre on the Legal Profession, author of bestseller ‘The Naked Lawyer and Tomorrow`s Naked Lawyer’ and CEO and co-founder of AI Tech Support Ltd (trading as Robot Lawyer LISA); Joanna Goodman, author of ‘Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services’, IT columnist for the Law Society Gazette and features writer for The Guardian; and Professor Lisa Webley, Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at Westminster Law School, Director of the Centre on the Legal Profession and the winner of Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Award 2016.

The panelists discussed a range of issues, including the extent to which automation is likely to affect legal employment and education, whether existing business models may have to adapt to ongoing innovation and if new technology represents an existential threat to the current professions. The panel debate was followed by a Q&A session, during which members of the audience asked a variety of questions on issues such as access to justice and how technology will affect notions such as justice and fairness.

Westminster Law School is committed to looking at the influence of technology on the legal professions, and especially its significance for tomorrow’s law graduates and employers. This event continues a series of technology and law related events held at Westminster Law School over the last few years, including a large public debate, a film series and public discussion.

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