Technology brings opportunity for legal profession says report

by Steve Randall27 Jan 2017
Technology brings opportunity for legal profession says report
A major new report from the Law Society in England & Wales highlights the opportunities that technology is bringing to the legal profession.

"New technologies such as machine learning and advanced automation are reshaping the way the legal sector works," said Law Society president Robert Bourns.

The report was launched this week and says that lawyers have huge opportunities to enhance the way they work and the service they offer clients. However, it raises questions such as whether solutions that allow clients to access more information for themselves offer nuanced information for their particular issue; something a human adviser can do.

The challenge for the legal profession, the Law Society says, is that while law firms may wait for others to pioneer new technologies, non-legal profession disruptors are keen to enter the space.

Bourns says the answer may be collaboration: "There are also opportunities to work ever more collaboratively in partnership with technology companies or universities to streamline our processes and drive efficiency.”

He says that the legal profession has a long history of innovating and will embrace the challenges of new technology.
 
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