Probably the biggest single driver of change in the industry is the increasing advance of technology. Everyone has read about the perceived threat of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it’s set to take lawyers’ jobs – and although Michael Skapinker of the Financial Times wrote recently that, like plumbers, lawyers are not yet approaching their ‘Uber’ moment and remain largely a “disruption-free profession”, other commentators take a slightly different view.
Richard Susskind, for one, might disagree – having written in his book Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future: “AI will disrupt not just the world of practising lawyers but also our common perception of the legal process.”
It’s important to note that artificial intelligence isn’t something to be afraid of; adopted in the right way, it will enable lawyers to perform their work more effectively. It’s clearly crucial in any law firm or corporate legal department for work to be resourced appropriately – and if some of this work can be done by a machine more quickly and more efficiently than by a human, then of course that option should be considered.
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