Legal services in flux: what does it mean for lawyers at the cutting edge?

Legal services in flux: what does it mean for lawyers at the cutting edge?

View from Dame Sandra Dawson, Professor Emeritus of Management Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Law and lawyers are on the move. From nomadic lawyering to outsourcing, and from north shoring to the much anticipated demise of billable hours, the next ten years will see huge change – and opportunity – for firms and practitioners. This is a sector in flux, and out of flux can come interesting, innovative thinking.

What does this mean for lawyers at the cutting edge? Uncertainty, maybe. Disruption – of business models, and accepted norms – certainly. But we also have within our grasp a unique opportunity to interrogate every aspect of how law is practised. Is London the only place to be a legal superstar? What is the right balance between working face-to-face and working virtually? How do we give clients value? And how do we ensure they feel that they have got value? How do we compete with the accountants? Or in other jurisdictions? Those who fin

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