Attended the British Legal Technology Forum today in London the message from Prof Richard Susskind and others was that A1 will assist lawyers to reduce menial tasks and cost for their client. A1 will change the role of the solicitor for the better - doing higher end work and adding value for their clients. The big question is what practically is artificial intelligence machines delivering in legal practice. There is Document Assisted Review aka e-discovery, brief generation, predictions in litigation cases, contract generation and review and legal research to name a few. That's just the start.
The tech revolution is here to stay. It remains only for law firms to decide if they are choosing to keep their heads in the sand, or embrace the opportunity available to them. There is a fear factor surrounding lawyers losing jobs through AI promoted by current media, but at this early stage it is much more important to focus on the opportunity than the fear. So many legal questions go 'un-lawyered' today that there is enormous scope to better align legal resources through technology rather than fear losing jobs.