Microsoft Word Proofreading Hacks
Complete this sentence: Proofreading is the b___ of every young lawyer’s existence. (The bread and butter, obviously.) Given how much proofreading you do over the course of a legal career, it makes sense to learn how to proofread smarter, better
Microsoft Word Hacks for Young Lawyers: Introduction to Using Styles
This article is brought to you by the Law Society of Singapore’s Legal Research & Development department. It marks the start of a series called “Microsoft Word hacks for young lawyers”. Click here to read the second article in the
Risk Factors in Interviewing and Advising Elderly Clients – The 5Cs
Introduction With Singapore’s rapidly ageing population, a significant segment of Singapore law practices’ clientele in the future will likely comprise elderly persons. At the Second Reading of the Vulnerable Adults Bill in May 2018, it was noted that by 2030,
Three Big Ideas About AI for Lawyers
Introduction In the late Professor Stephen Hawking’s final book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the eminent physicist provided his personal take on some of the biggest questions in science. On the question “Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?”, Professor Hawking
Lawyer + Machine = ?
Introduction - The Cyborg Lawyer Man-machine hybrids such as cyborgs have long been a staple of science fiction stories and movies. Typically, fictional cyborgs emanate both foreboding (think Darth Vader of Star Wars) and invincibility (think the Borg of Star Trek –
Make Transparency Clear
How to Fight Bribery and Corruption in Your Law Firm This article discusses some of the key measures for law firms to combat bribery and corruption, including a written anti-bribery and corruption policy and internal controls. Introduction The risks of bribery and
Beware of Vague Drafting!
Introduction In everyday legal drafting, lawyers commonly use “elastic” expressions such as “reasonable”, “as soon as practicable”, “material” and “satisfactory”.[ref] Peter Butt, Legal Usage: A Modern Style Guide (Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2018) at p 664 (“Legal Usage”).[/ref] While precise word
What is Your Artificial Intelligence Quotient?
A report released in May 2018 by the Law Society of England and Wales, titled “Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession” (AI Report),[ref] The AI Report can be downloaded from <http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/stories/artificial-intelligence-and-the-legal-profession-horizon-scanning-report/> (accessed 24 September 2018).[/ref] highlights the growing influence of
Looking for Help or Asking for Trouble?
Ethical and Risk Issues with Lateral Hiring Introduction Lateral hiring is a common solution for law firms looking to expand. While a candidate’s experience, cultural fit or client following might naturally come to mind when a law firm is seeking to hire
Disruptive Legal Technologies – Is Ethics Catching Up?
In December 2017, DeepMind, a leading AI company, sent ripples through the AI world when it announced that it had developed a computer program (known as “AlphaGoZero” or “AlphaZero”) which learned the rules of three games – chess, Shogi and