LexisNexis Survey on Lawyers and Technology: Luddites or Early Adopters?
Survey reveals lawyers are quick to embrace new technology
LONDON, 3 December 2010 -- A survey commissioned by LexisNexis UK, a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, and conducted by legal research company Jures reveals that lawyers are quick to embrace new technology which is seen as essential to their everyday working lives. Almost half of the respondents (47%) regard themselves as either 'early adopters' or 'at the cutting edge' when it comes to embracing new technologies.
The survey, Are Lawyers Early Adopters?, canvassed the views of 100 lawyers - from sole practitioners to magic circle partners - to learn about their adoption of the latest breed of technology - such as smartphones, mobile applications and eBooks - and how they view these technological tools with regard to accessing information and advice for themselves and their clients.
The report uncovered several additional findings including:
- More than three-quarters of respondents (77%) favour online or digital resources to 'traditional paper-based law libraries', suggesting that the image of a lawyer in a book-lined office looks set to become a thing of the past.
- More than one in ten respondents (11%) have already purchased an Apple iPad, which only became available in the UK in May, and use it specifically for legal work, while a similar proportion (10%) had an eBook reader, such as Kindle, specifically to help them do legal work.
- Nearly nine in ten respondents (87%) retrieve information from digital sources other than email (such as via smart phones or by downloading eBooks) on a daily basis.
The majority of the profession have embraced the use of smart phone technology and, as an example, two-thirds of respondents (66%) utilise a BlackBerry handset. The survey results illustrate the dependency of the profession upon instant accessibility. Almost three-quarters of respondents (73%) either 'constantly' or 'at least once an hour' pick-up their email when out of the office.
Jon Robins, Director of Jures, said: "When consumers think of a 'solicitor,' many still might conjure up an image of a pin-striped lawyer, inaccessible and remote in a fusty book-panelled office. This report suggests that that stereotype is largely unfair. Our research indicates that lawyers see themselves as quick of the mark when it comes to embracing the latest IT. They appreciate the benefits technological changes can have on their working lives. Plus, lawyers are also increasingly aware that their clients expect them to be accessible, whether they like that or not. They realise how new technologies can help them achieve this objective."
Last week's launch of LexisNexis eBooks was fitting given the survey findings that eight out of ten respondents (81%) indicated advances in technology speed up legal research and almost three-quarters (73%) identified not having to carry paper work as beneficial.
Notes to the Editor
The research is based upon a survey of 100 practitioners at firms ranging from sole practitioners to the magic circle conducted in October and November 2010. All respondents took part in the survey confidentially. Read the full report detailing the survey’s findings: Are Lawyers Early Adopters? [PDF 631KB].
LexisNexis® is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. A member of Reed Elsevier [NYSE: ENL; NYSE: RUK], LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 15,000 employees worldwide.
In the UK, LexisNexis online services include LexisLibrary - named Online Product of the Year at the Legal Technology Awards - and Nexis® the single most powerful global news & business information service. The company has over 1,000 employees in the UK.
Jures is an independent research company dedicated to the legal services market. The people behind Jures are the journalist Jon Robins and Gus Sellitto and Richard Elsen, directors of the legal PR specialists, Byfield Consultancy. The idea behind Jures is to become a leading source of considered, independent-minded and thought-provoking commentary on the law in a way that informs and influences debate within the profession and beyond.
Gus Sellitto (for Jures)
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