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Sheffield Legal Hackers

New Sheffield Legal Hackers chapter launches

Over the last few years technology has revolutionised the way we live. But the legal profession often appears to be lagging behind.

That’s why the Legal Hackers movement started in Brooklyn in 2012, and why a new Sheffield chapter has just launched. The aim is to spot issues and opportunities where technology can improve and inform the practice of law and where law, legal practice, and policy can adapt to rapidly changing technology.

Harvey Harding, MD at PM Property Lawyers, is one of the founders of the Sheffield chapter. “I believe technology can do a huge amount to deliver what we already do in a much better way. Legal Hackers is here to make that happen. We’re so lucky in Sheffield to have great universities and colleges, dynamic law firms, non- profit organisations and tech companies. So it’s really exciting to come together to develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues where technology and the law intersect. This isn’t about promoting ourselves; it’s about using our skills and experience to innovate and improve the way people access legal services.”

At the inaugural meeting of the Sheffield chapter, delegates split into teams and worked on creating chatbots to automate online queries such as eligibility for work permits and tree felling permissions.

Reece Suter, a solicitor at PM Property Lawyers, was at the event. He comments: “It really opened my eyes to how we can use technology to inform and advise the public. Using the chatbot to ask a few simple questions can give people really helpful information, at the time and place they want that information. I’m really looking forward to seeing what else we can do.”

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