All articles by Joanna Goodman

  • Margarita Sivakova

    The wartime CEO

    13 May 2022

    A Ukrainian legal tech startup has continued operations since the country was invaded by Russia. Its chief executive, who was in Kyiv when war broke out, explains how her company is busier than ever and why contributing to the economy helps the war effort

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    Automation for the people

    8 April 2022

    Consumer-facing apps and portals can help address the unmet need for affordable legal services – and aid Ukrainian refugees. But the vast majority are commercial initiatives and in the end someone has to pay.

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    Flexing the abs

    25 March 2022

    Sir David Clementi’s vision of a liberalised legal services market really began to take shape a decade ago this week with the creation of the first SRA-licensed alternative business structures. So how much has changed? Joanna Goodman reports

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    The Covid dividend

    18 March 2022

    City and commercial practices have traded far ahead of expectations in the two years since Covid hit. How did they do it – and can the sector’s stellar performance be sustained? Joanna Goodman reports.

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    Spoilt for choice

    18 March 2022

    The advent of the legal tech directory has simplified the purchase of products in areas such as contract analysis. And businesses can also check that the environmental, social and corporate governance credentials of law firms match their own.

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    Clients driving a runaway train

    25 February 2022

    Last week’s Sandbox Showcase demonstrated that the best tech companies are no longer following the law firm.

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    The watchful hours


    Email fraud, threats to third-party supply chains and ransomware pose nightmare scenarios for law firms. Joanna Goodman looks at the everyday perils that give compliance officers sleepless nights.

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    The beforetimes and what comes after


    Can technology give legal services a transformational makeover in 2022?

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    Value judgements

    22 November 2021

    Digitisation and a focus on more subjective business goals have made the act of measuring value a moveable feast. Yet there is no doubt that technology can enhance this process.

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    Technology: a community reunited

    25 October 2021

    The return of Legal Geek as an in-person event gave the industry a chance to see how far lawtech has evolved during the pandemic.

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    View from the engine room

    18 October 2021

    The Gazette’s latest roundtable discussion, sponsored by Conduent, focused on the role of business professionals and technology in powering profitability and growth in large law firms.

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    Law boldly explores the hybrid realm

    20 September 2021

    In following the footsteps of the retail sector, law firms can reshape their businesses into hybrid models that offer both modern service delivery and good customer experience.

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    Robot wars: lawtech AI giants square off


    Acquisition of legal AI pioneer Kira Systems by US legal tech company Litera highlights legal tech’s shift from innovation to consolidation.

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    Recipes for success

    19 July 2021

    It would be easy for law firms to get carried away with legal tech, but a strategic approach – from mixing old with new to creating a blueprint to achieve your goals – is key.

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    Self-service solution

    21 June 2021

    Applications coded in the same language that can connect and exchange information are building efficiencies into corporate and commercial law and reshaping legal services.

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    Engagement or subversion?

    10 May 2021

    Pandemic pragmatism has brought technological innovation to the forefront of legal services, but a critical factor is being overlooked – the needs of the user

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    Believe it or not

    19 April 2021

    Several legal tech stories published on 1 April seemed especially imaginative.

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    Building back better

    22 March 2021

    The pandemic has helped tech innovations become more established, but should legal tech be used merely to rebuild, or to create something truly revolutionary?

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    In 2021, will ‘agility’ become reality?

    15 February 2021

    Nearly a year on from the first national lockdown, many firms see digital transformation as a springboard for innovation. Even lawyers with no coding knowledge can create tech.

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    First mover advantage

    18 January 2021

    Leading industry figures tell Joanna Goodman what it takes to leap off the traditional career escalator into the fast-expanding world of legal innovation.