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Reimagining the Law 26 June 2020

1. Automated decision making

We currently have a range of complaint redress systems, in specific sectors. Post COVID, private and public institutions will increasingly adopt algorithmic or automated decision making. These will give rise to complaints requiring specialist skills beyond sectoral or data knowledge. We need a bespoke system to provide redress for complaints about algorithmic decision making staffed by specialists who can test algorithms' compliance with ethically aligned design and operating standards and regulation.
Lord Clement-Jones

2. UK Law is Not Just English Law

The Scots and Northern Irish legal systems deserve a fairer profile when promoting the UK legal profession abroad. Too many previous UK initiatives have focused on promoting England - and particularly London - and use "UK" without thought to the separate legal systems and other business hubs that exist within the UK.
Stephen Gibb

3. Let's hold a public inquiry

There is currently no mechanism for monitoring implementation of 'Prevention of Future Death' report findings or public inquiry recommendations. Given this lack of follow-up accountability, how can the process of inquiry lead to meaningful change? A watchdog body should be established to track Governmental responses to inquests and inquiries.
Andrea Coomber

4. Regulation

Without compromising professional standards, regulation in the future should focus less on lawyers and more on addressing the risks in different legal services, whoever provides them. All consumers should be protected, but especially the vulnerable and those facing any imbalance of information, power, resources and representation.
Professor Stephen Mayson

5. How can legal dispute resolution assist with the Coronavirus recovery?

Coronavirus claims tribunals mandated by party consent could prioritise disruption minimisation in resolving contractual disputes arising from the pandemic. Such tribunals could borrow from other areas of law, e.g. restructuring mechanisms in bankruptcy law, to arrive at solutions that—exceptionally at this time - offer more than classical contractual solutions alone.
Constantine Partasides QC

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