Law Society has “no immediate plans” to accredit legal tech
The Law Society has told LegalTechnology.com that there are no immediate plans for the society to accredit new legal technology roles in the profession.
Legal technology jobs such as legal process engineer, legal analyst and legal technologist are among the new roles being created as the legal tech sector grows.
In September, the Law Society of Scotland announced that it would be launching an accreditation scheme. The Accredited Legal Technologist scheme is in response to the developing roles within the legal tech sector.
President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Simon Davis, told LegalTechnology.com that, instead of following the Law Society of Scotland’s move, the Law Society of England and Wales would continue to support the LawTech community directly:
“…For example, through our LawTech incubator at Barclays Eagles Lab – with almost 20 residents building solutions for private practice and in house.
“We will continue to advise lawtech developers on engaging with solicitors and firms, as we seek to influence government to ensure the resources are available for the LawTech sector to grow.”
In response to the Law Society of Scotland’s announcement, a tech innovator told LegalTechnology.com:
“I was very excited when I read this, even though I work mostly in England. Maybe the Law Societies of England and Wales and Ireland will follow suit if they do not already offer similar accreditations.
“Alas, it is only open to solicitors and paralegals – the increasing deployment of technology to the legal sector brings in more non-lawyers who, in many cases, are people that already have a great understanding and relevant experience of legal technology.
“I’m hoping that ‘being rolled out more widely’ means enabling legal technologists with the relevant experience to gain accreditation.
“If not, then who will champion the cause for legal technologist who are not qualified to practise law?”
The Law Society of Scotland said that the new accreditation would initially only be open to Scottish solicitors and Law Society of Scotland Accredited Paralegals able to show a good level of experience in legal technology, before
the scheme is rolled out.
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