The future of law: documents, documents, documents

The future of law: documents, documents, documents

To paraphrase a former leader, the most important thing for lawyers in 2013 and beyond is “documents, documents, documents”.

No doubt all the lawyers reading this are thinking, ‘Well, it’s much more than that’ - but let me explain.

Our research suggests that some lawyers spend up to 60% of their working day drafting documents that affect transactions such as buying a house, divorcing a spouse, making a will and selling corporate assets.

But with the shake-up of the legal market (which itself began with the introduction of the Legal Services Act), pressure from clients to reduce fees and continual evolution of new technologies - lawyers face pressure from all sides.

In fact, many now realise that they need to commoditise legal processes and ensure they are as efficient as possible without ‘dumbing down’ the quality of their advice.

As legal futurologist, Richard Susskind argues: “Document assembly is and will remain forever a fundamental technology. If one looks at the heart of legal work, it’s about the production of doc

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