Archive for February, 2012


In just seven days Dr Erasmus Strangelove, senior partner of Muttley Dastardly LLP, will reveal Lawyerborg 2.0 – 20% paralegal 80% machine with no inbuilt soul issues.

Dr Erasmus Strangelove said today in Dubai:

“We believe that our new creation will transform the way legal services are delivered in the United Kingdom.  We believe that we have addressed the all too common perception by the public  that legal services are expensive and service levels are variable, at times heading towards incompetent.   Lawyerborg 2.0 comes fully equipped with leading legal databases built in and while taking on a recognisable human form and similar empathy levels found in fully human lawyers, Lawyerborg 2.0 is at the cutting edge of the dawn of alternative business structures ‘envisioned’ in the Legal Services Act. We have accepted the impossible mission to drive down the costs of provision of legal services but retaining high revenues and, even more important, stellar profits.  Lawyerborg 2.0 is virtually maintenance free and will bill 24/7/365.

I read a fascinating article: Training students for the technology infused law practice of the 21st Century recently. It was a Damascene moment.  I quote a passage from this seminal article…

“In light of the technology infuse world where we are likely heading – the training is simply not good enough. The skills that students are going to need to be competitive — technology, computational data analytics, finance, informatics, economics, accounting, human computer interaction, supply chain mgmt, etc. are in limited supply (particularly the technology and high end data analytics). To make our students competitive (hopefully thereby restore the Return on Investment associated with the JD) will require legal education to move away from its significant liberal arts / humanities bent and look more like polytechnic research and teaching operation – or what I have called in other related work “THE MIT SCHOOL OF LAW

It occurred to me, as I read this article, that we could get rid of the essential problem of training through use of the microchip into a human host.  Also Sprach Zarathustra… Lawyerborg 2.0 was born.

Muttley Dastardly LLP will be revealing Lawyerborg 2.0 in just seven days.  That is all. Strength & Profits.

Notes for Editors

1. Dr Strangelove’s name is pronounced Strangle – ove.

2. Muttley Dastardly LLP are a ‘plurality of Partners’ – this is why we “take on legal services’  rather than ‘takes on legal services’.


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Hat Tip to @Old_Holborn for the link to this pic.  I have seen it before – but it continues to make me laugh.  Monday has not been brilliant – managed to sprain my ankle after slipping on icy slush. I may have a large glass tonight!

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Lawcast 201:  Antonin Pribetic on twitter, social media generally and legal services

Today I am talking to Canadian lawyer and blogger Antonin Pribetic about social media:  twitter, blogging and legal marketing.

The Trial Warrior blog

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And…thank you to Cassons For CounselJustgodirect.co.uk and  David Phillips & Partners Solicitors , Contact Law UK Solicitors for sponsoring the podcasts and the free student materials on Insite Law.

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1. Is the state too weak, too powerful or just right?

2. Why do we need universities?

3. Are human rights left wing twaddle?  and

4.   Commentary on the Assange extradition appeal in the UK Supreme Court after two days of argument before the Justices

5.  Barristers facing financial problems because of government inefficiency

Our guests tonight are resident panelist Carl Gardner, Professor Gary Slapper Director of New York University in London and former ‘left wing’ Tory MP Jerry Hayes, a practising barrister specialising in the more serious criminal cases.

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If you wish to purchase Gary Slapper’s book – you may do so from Amazon or Wildy’s


In association with The Lawyer

I’d like to thank Lawtel, WestlawCassons For Counsel, City University Law School David Phillips & Partners Solicitors, Inksters SolicitorsIken, LBC Wise Counsel, Carrs Solicitors,  JMW Solicitors – Manchester, Pannone and Cellmark for sponsoring the podcast  – and the free student materials on Insite Law – appreciated.

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