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Trends in legal services: Tech advances are changing how lawyers do business, transforming traditional legal practice model

Trends in legal services: Tech advances are changing how lawyers do business, transforming traditional legal practice model

Summary

For many years legal services was a market in which meaningful change was largely absent. Now that is changing. Advances in technology are driving reform in areas such as virtual law, smart contracts and artificial intelligence.Big legal firms are most adaptable, having the most resources, but competition to utilize cutting-edge technology is intense. Even for the casual user of legal services, the future is going to look very different to the traditional model. However, other trends are less attractive. Fake lawyers remain a big problem and frequently target migrants and other vulnerable groups.

Key Highlights

  • Even large legal firms are setting up virtual practices, stating that soon a considerable percentage of cases could be settled without legal practitioners
  • Automation posits a future of much lower costs to end-users and has already initiated a trend that will see legal firms increasingly become operators of sophisticated technology - those which fail to adapt will probably decline slowly as the tech-based alternatives gain in popularity.
  • Time saving from AI is considerable, lowering business costs and enabling human legal practitioners to perform higher margin work. Amid fierce competition for clients, legal firms are investing in artificial intelligence in a bid to adapt quickest to a changing legal landscape.
Scope
  • Assesses the threat of fake lawyers
  • Examines the likely impact of smart contracts
  • Looks at how virtual lawyers will change the legal services business model
  • Examines the influence of artificial intelligence on the market
Reasons to buy
  • How will artificial intelligence shape the future of legal services?
  • Can smart contracts become commonplace?
  • Is the fake lawyer problem being solved?
  • will virtual lawyers change radically How legal services are accessed?


Overview
Catalyst
Summary
Virtual law firms are transforming how legal services are accessed
Growth of virtual law is disrupting long-established practices, shaking up legal services market
Virtual law is allowing creation of bespoke legal firms able to work better in niche segments
Benefits of virtual law firms suggests trend will speed up over coming years but future is not all rosy
Smart contracts threaten technological shakeup, but fundamental problems remain
Argument in favor of smart contacts is gathering strength, signaling potentially massive change in legal services market
Practical application issues must be overcome for smart contracts to fulfill potential
Legal issues must be overcome for smart contracts to become commonplace
Artificial intelligence is inciting fundamental change in legal services
Mundane tasks can now be performed by artificial intelligence, streamlining legal services market
Legal practitioners are beginning to use AI to better understand judges, improving results
Client pressure will drive adoption of artificial intelligence
Fake lawyers remain a serious problem in developing legal services markets
Online sphere enables fake lawyers to lure consumers, undermining genuine legal practices
Using online tools has made life much harder for fake lawyers, easing threats
Problem of fake lawyers in developing economies is substantial
Conclusions
Technology is transforming legal services even though some problems are unsolved
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List of Figures
Figure 1: Virtual law artists impression
Figure 2: Vario by Pinsent Masons
Figure 3: Pinsent Masons revenue 2014 to 2018 (£m)
Figure 4: Blockchain
Figure 5: OpenLaw
Figure 6: Global number of legal practitioners (million) 2010 to 2017
Figure 7: Ravel Law
Figure 8: Bank of America net profit ($bn) 2011 to 2017
Figure 9: US Internet Service Providers revenue ($bn) 2013 to 2017
Figure 10: Legal domain name
Figure 11: Number of legal practitioners working in India (millions)

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