Fear of tech in the legal profession

Fear of tech in the legal profession

Law firms that embrace legal tech are more efficient, have unique selling points for acquiring new clients, and are generally more successful. Yet, technology in law is more often viewed as a curse than a blessing. What exactly is everyone scared of?

Monsters unmasked

Getting lawyers to embrace new technology in everyday work can be challenging. Traditional law firm structures, such as partnerships, place heavy emphasis on the importance of their people. Top fee-earners can be the lifeblood of the firm, retaining clients and bringing in new business. So, when technologies that can do their job for them come along, it’s intuitive to be threatened or hesitant to adopt them.

Legal professionals often dream ideas of up new ‘robot lawyers’ – artificial intelligence's (AI) that have instant access to cases, legislation and latest legal developments. These would, in theory, be more knowledgeable on legal matters and could act as better advisers. 

In practice, legal tech isn’t here to replace lawyers but instead enhance them. Rather than Skynet LLP, we’re seeing AI help lawyers turn work around faster. This can range from correcting errors in legal documents to protecting the firm itself from cyber-attacks, ensuring resources are focused on client work. 

For example, LexisNexis Cordery Breach Navigator combines legal and compliance expertise with intelligent workflows to ensure the best outcome for businesses and their reputations. It can help identify long-term strategies to reduce data breaches and provide support to data protection teams.

Client climate

While the legal profession is constantly evolving, one constant is that the client is king. And, if lawyers need more career reassurance, t

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