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 Oliver Wannell

Oliver Wannell

Myfyriwr ymchwil, Ysgol y Gyfraith a Gwleidyddiaeth

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

I first joined Cardiff University as an Undergraduate in Law & Politics in 2010. After graduating I spent a Sabbatical year as the Vice President Education at the Students' Union before completing a Masters in Social Science Research Methods, focusing on empirical socio-legal research.

I began my PhD, which focuses on the the use of technology within personal injury legal practice, in 2015.

As well as my PhD research, I am a Student Reviewer with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Diddordebau ymchwil

My research interests are in Law & Technology, Legal Practice, (de)professionalisation, Expertise and Science & Technology Studies (as a tool for examining the use of technology within legal practice).


I tutored Public Law [30] during the second year of my PhD (2016-17)

Traethawd ymchwil

The Role of Technology in the Resolution of Personal Injury Claims

The legal market is changing. Tighter fee restrictions and rationed procedures mean personal injury lawyers are forced to deliver more, for less. As a result, low value claims work has become standardised and automated; and as we see the likeliness of fixed fees creeping up to higher value claims, the impact of this can only intensify. But, as the finances of personal injury practice have become more restrictive, the regulatory framework has seen the opposite – a so called ‘liberalisation’ of legal practice in the Legal Services Act.  This presents an immediate challenge to the traditional methods of practice as those legal businesses that can’t adapt to tighter cost restrictions will fail. But it’s also a fresh opportunity for lawyers to reinvent themselves.

As technology becomes increasingly capable, the professions look to software and machinery to speed up their processes – the claims management system being the most obvious example within Personal Injury Law to date. But, some commentators suggest that this is just the beginning of a technological revolution for the professions, with much more sophisticated software and even artificial intelligence set to further transform the work of the expert professional.

The purpose of my PhD project is to assess the claims that information technology will be a driving force behind a changing legal profession and to consider the future role of technology in the resolution of personal injury claims.  It has a particular focus on how technology has and might transform the role of professionals in exercising their expert professional knowledge within the legal sector. It seeks to answer challenging questions currently being asked of the legal profession and make inferences from interview data on the current and future threats and opportunities for the legal market, including individual lawyers, firms, clients and legal educators.

Ffynhonnell ariannu

Economic and Social Research Council Studentship

Annette Morris

Yr Athro Annette Morris

Reader in Law

Adam Hedgecoe

Yr Athro Adam Hedgecoe

Associate Director of Cesagen

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