If the robots rise, will lawyers be in their sights?

If the robots rise, will lawyers be in their sights?

It is a perennial question – will the advance of technology take people’s jobs?

From the Luddites protesting the use of giant mechanical looms, to London’s black-cab drivers objecting to the use of a convenient smartphone app to book and hire a competing private car, new technology has threatened – and generally eventually overturned – the pre-existing ways of doing things. Allister Heath in the Telegraph and Edward Luce in the Financial Times have picked up on the same theme – technology will displace jobs, and the world must be prepared.

How will law firms respond to this changing world? Many would question whether they should. After all, the law is a highly complex, intrinsically human endeavour. It will always require the smartest, most analytical and creative minds – the subtext here being “human” minds, which are the most flexible and creative on the planet.

Others, such as Ray Kurzweil, would disagree and put forward an alternative future where the desktop

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About the author:

Andrew Neill is Global Programme Manager at Withersworldwide. He has a background in technical consultancy, with experience in programme portfolio management, scoping, running tenders, and architecting global solutions.