Morning Briefing: Are Aussie law firms helping to change perceptions of lawyers?

by Steve Randall05 Oct 2015
Are Aussie law firms helping to change perceptions of lawyers?
Law firms in Australia and the UK are among those that are helping to change the business of law – and the perception of lawyers. That’s the view of Mark A. Cohen, founder of legal consultancy Legal Mosaic, who says that allowing interdisciplinary practice will create a different dynamic. Writing for Bloomberg BNA, Cohen says that lawyers are often viewed as “difficult” and the cause of problems by the general public and are seen as charging too much. He also cites the use of legal jargon as distancing lawyers from the wider population and that lawyers are often not considered happy; depression rates in the profession add weight to this view.
On a positive note though, Cohen writes that technology, and the way that lawyers and business interact, are creating new opportunities – at least for those willing to adapt the delivery model. As part of his vision for changing the law business, he calls for a reduced cost of legal education; for lower expectations of financial reward; and a stronger focus on client relations.
 
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