The most significant innovation in legal history?

The most significant innovation in legal history?

LexisNexis' 200 year anniversary seems to have coincided with AI hitting the very top of the hype curve, blockchain finding its way into the everyday Lexicon and increasing numbers of leading law firms opening their own tech accelerator hubs. The amazing opportunities available today to lawyers, law firms, in-house teams, learning establishments and their customers got us wondering whether we are currently experiencing the most significant innovations ever seen by lawyers. Or perhaps the introduction of email was even more significant? Or the dominance of desktop computers? James Wilkinson, Head of Content Automation at LexisNexis UK, investigates...

We started asking for opinions in our Farringdon Street office and, as expected, there were numerous suggestions. However there was one technology that seemed to resonate strongly with everyone but is easily forgotten because of its pervasiveness within law and almost every other industry. It was an innovation that dominated LexisNexis (previously Butterworths) during the first 160 years of our history but had already been available for 350 years before Henry Butterworth opened his bookstore in 1818.

Johannes Guttenberg's printing press was a major first step on a journey of democ

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