No Vision, No Idea

Since last month, Richard Susskind has continued his quest to provoke the legal profession into serious reflection on their future. In a series of articles published in The Times, he suggests that:

1. As non-lawyer investors enter the legal market, they will down-size the lawyers and ramp up the systems in order to get a better return on their investment.

2. Almost no-one seems to be worried about, or have any vision for, the long term future of the legal profession.

3. The “foolhardy” lawyers who try to brush off the applicability of disruptive legal technologies are only dimly aware of those technologies and what they can do.

Like the tallow chandlers and cordwainers of old, he wonders whether, 100 years from now, people will be asking “What’s a solicitor and what exactly did they do?”

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