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The Future of Legal Practice: The Law Commission: Smart Contracts and Digital Assets - 25 January 2022

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The way we practice law is changing. Business needs are evolving rapidly. In a globalised and strongly competitive market, clients require lawyers with a deep understanding of the way they operate. They need creative and dedicated lawyers who know how to harness the law, their skillsets and, increasingly, technology to make their business thrive. This is a call for us to rethink the nature of legal services - to be imaginative. What will our clients, now and in the next decades, require from us as (aspiring) legal professionals? How can we best learn to fully understand our clients' needs and help them navigate the law in a way that makes most sense for them? And how do we legal professionals thrive and meet individual and systemic challenges in this ever-changing world?

To explore these and other related questions with us, the Professional Law Institute is inviting students, academics, practitioners, and members of the public with an interest in the subject to attend our lecture series: The Future of Legal Practice.

In the first event of the series in 2022, join Sarah Green, Law Commissioner for Commercial and Common law, to discuss the Law Commission’s recent work on emerging technologies: in particular the Advice to Government on Smart Contracts, and the legal problems to which digital assets give rise.  She will discuss the implications of the increased commercial use of emerging technologies for the law, and set out some of the Law Commission’s proposed responses.


Professor Green was appointed as Law Commissioner for Commercial and Common law on 01 January 2020. She was previously Professor of Private Law at the University of Bristol.  Prior to that, she was Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford, having been a lecturer at the University of Birmingham from 2001 – 2010.  Before embarking on her academic career, she was a software consultant at Accenture.  Professor Green has written books and articles on a variety of issues including virtual currencies, blockchain issues surrounding intermediated securities, smart contracts, sale of goods law as applicable to digitised assets, negligence and wage theft.


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25 January 2022