Predictions 2018 – 2

December 2, 2017

From Gideon Shirazi, barrister at 4 Pump Court

As 2017 draws to a close, it is hard to look back at this
year without thinking of the number of large cyber attacks and the slow creep
of AI into legal practice. And, with the GDPR shortly coming into force, 2018
is bound to see hacking heat up. My predictions are that 2018 will see these
trends continue:

  • The chatbot parking tickets challenger system will be expand
    into other areas of law… but with much more limited success
  • Uber will face the largest data protection fine ever
  • A mega data breach will bring down a major company
  • The UK Supreme Court will decide that change control clauses
    do have some effect – but don’t bind
  • Bitcoin prices will crash
  • A FinTech company will go big… and float on the LSE straight
    into the FTSE250
  • (Sorry, Richard) The launch of the Online Court will be
    postponed indefinitely