We held the inaugural 'Future of Law and Legal Technology' conference for in house counsel at the Merrion hotel on Tuesday so the timeliness of this Irish Times article on Susskind's new book 'The Future of the Professions' is quite convenient.
Chrissie Lightfoot, legal futurist and author of 'The Naked Lawyer' was our guest speaker, along with IBM's head of AI research, Linked In's EMEA in house counsel as well as EMEA in house counsel for e-signature company, Docusign.
Let's call a spade a spade - solicitors have dominated legal knowledge since the middle ages. That dominance is over. All knowledge should be free according to the patricians of Silicon Valley - and why not?
I have no doubt that 40% of all legal jobs will be redundant in the next 10 years - legal secretaries, paralegals, researchers and junior solicitors. Maybe higher up the vertical for more commoditised areas of law. Gone.
The labour intensity of law is in permanent decline. So lets get with the program and stop fretting about the inevitable. Time to adapt, invest and change mindsets. Leman Solicitors have - paperless, online access, fixed fees for everything, ISO9001, affiliates program. That's just the start, We are in a game changing phase of 'NEW LAW' and we intend to be a the forefront of this transformation in the legal sector. Game on!
“Our professions are unaffordable, under-exploiting technology, disempowering, ethically challengeable [in terms of public access to knowledge], underperforming and inscrutable,” they write. The allegations are not pulled from the ether. The strength of the professions has emerged from the Dickensian era, and their remit arises from the print-based distribution of knowledge. But we are now in the age of technology and the internet. Information is shared vastly differently to how it was shared a mere five years ago.