At a recent luncheon this year hosted by Justice Aedit Abdullah for key executives of local law firms, a guest speaker, Mark Cohen, a well-known change advocate from the US, painted a compelling scenario where competing legal services companies with innovative client solutions have muscled into what was once the exclusive domain of practising lawyers.
The only problem was, Mr Cohen wasn't predicting the future; he was merely alluding to the fact that change has already taken place - and indeed is at our doorstep.
Law firms may be taking a while to mull over the idea of "change", but the market has changed, and Singapore law firms must understand what it takes to evolve and survive to stay ahead of the curve.
Of course, the law, too, must be amended to legitimise the creation of more efficient alternative legal solutions. [read more]