Legal profession could be next for blockchain revolution

by Steve Randall16 Aug 2017
Legal profession could be next for blockchain revolution
Blockchain technology is set to revolutionize the legal profession and law firms need to be ready to adapt.

That’s according to Bernard Marr, keynote speaker on technology and business and the author of Data strategy. He believes that there are great opportunities ahead for those firms that becoming experts in blockchain.

Writing at he says that clients in industries from publishing to healthcare are moving towards the use of blockchain due to its robust security credentials.

“Law firms that position themselves as blockchain experts will be relied upon by other businesses for guidance and support,” he says.

Marr added that law firms should be ready when clients come asking questions about relating to their use of blockchain technology including its use for contracts, land registry and deed management.

However, as with most industry disruptors there will be an impact on legal profession jobs as blockchain becomes more widespread. Intermediary roles and those that review and execute contracts are likely to be among those affected. 

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Lee International is a full-service law firm founded in 1961 with a range of practice areas in addition to its long-standing intellectual property practice rooted in technology and cross-border transactions.

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