No, technology is not the route to effective law firm transformation… a radical change in business culture is

No, technology is not the route to effective law firm transformation… a radical change in business culture is

Is the legal sector still in the cocoon period, about to break free and transform in to a disruptive, innovative butterfly? Maybe, but it’s not technology that’s going to get the wings of change beating. In my view, technology can certainly enable change but isn’t best placed to drive it. As my colleague Mark Smith said (at the recent LexisNexis thought leadership event Technology: the secret to effective law firm transformation?) changes that have occurred in the legal sector such as off-shoring, streamlining and employing armies of paralegals don’t amount to transformation, and certainly not innovation. The sector is awaiting real change, and for that to happen we will need something more than tinkering with running costs.

Lawyers are a resistant bunch generally. The transition from using books to online libraries was a slow process despite needlessly high print spends. Why? Perhaps because online libraries didn’t offer a good enough solution fast enough, but some of the lack of take up should be attributed to the fact that lawyers were not on bo

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