Lots written about luddite lawyers burying their heads knee deep from the avalanche of change coming their way. Rather than fearing technology lawyers should embrace it if it means greater efficiency and less cost for the client. What's not good about this? In the last 12 months Leman Solicitors has opened files to clients through a secure online access portal, enhanced the paperless office and fixed all fees. Why? to be more efficient and deliver more value for our clients. So we say bring on ROSS and WATSON and all other forms of artificial intelligence. The solicitor of tomorrow is a strategist, a project manager, a psychologist and futurist. That's what we want from our Leman solicitors. There will just be less of us in the future. No bad thing I hear you say.
Could advances in artificial intelligence mean the end of lawyers? Unlikely, but business professionals looking at entering the legal industry need to be aware of the implications this technology brings… Artificial intelligence is far from the sci-fi fantasy portrayed in films such as Ex Machina and 2001: A Space Odyssey. But it is a powerful tool that is becoming increasingly pervasive in business and our personal lives. The legal industry is taking notice. Machine learning, a branch of AI where computers ‘learn’ without being explicitly programmed, is spurring development. Natural language recognition will take it even further. Should lawyers be worried? AI won’t take clients out for lunch, or stand up in court to argue an emotionally charged case. It can help law firms, however, in processing vast amounts of data, and delivering conclusions, far quicker than team of lawyers