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The End of Lawyers? Richard E. Susskind, OBE

The End of Lawyers? By Richard E. Susskind, OBE

The End of Lawyers? by Richard E. Susskind, OBE

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This book examines the effect of advances in IT upon legal practice, analysing anticipated developments in the next decade. It explores the extent to which the role of the traditional lawyer can be sustained in the face of the challenging trends in the legal market and new techniques and technologies for the delivery of services.

The End of Lawyers? Summary

The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services by Richard E. Susskind, OBE

In this much anticipated sequel to the legal bestseller, The Future of Law, Susskind lays down a challenge to all lawyers to ask themselves, with their hands on their hearts, what elements of their current workload could be undertaken differently - more quickly, cheaply, efficiently, or to a higher quality - using alternative methods of working. The challenge for legal readers is to identify their distinctive skills and talents, the capabilities that they possess that cannot, crudely, be replaced by advanced systems or by less costly workers supported by technology or standard processes, or by lay people armed with online self-help tools. It is argued that the market is increasingly unlikely to tolerate expensive lawyers for tasks (guiding, advising, drafting, researching, problem-solving, and more) that can equally or better be discharged, directly or indirectly, by smart systems and processes. It follows, the book claims, that the jobs of many traditional lawyers will be substantially eroded and often eliminated.This is where the legal profession will be taken, it is argued, by two forces: by a market pull towards commoditisation and by pervasive development and uptake of information technology. At the same time, the book foresees new law jobs emerging which may be highly rewarding, even if very different from those of today.

The End of Lawyers? Reviews

This is an outstanding publication. Buy it. Read it. Think about it. Douglas Mill, Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

Table of Contents

1. The beginning of the end; The challenge for lawyers; Four thoughts; A journey; The Future of Law; Progress over the last decade; The flow of this book; 2. The evolution of legal service; The path to commoditisation; The pull of the market; Shedding light on various conundra; Decomposing legal service; Resourcing the evolution; Two case studies; 3. Trends in technology; Exponential growth; Information satisfaction; Community and collaboration; The net generation; Clicks and mortals; Disruptive technologies; 4. Disruptive legal technologies; Document assembly; Online community; e-learning; Personalised alerting; The electronic market; Online legal guidance; Embedded legal content; 5. The client grid; The asymmetry of lawyers and clients; The law firm grid; The client grid; Three possible models; Meeting clients' challenges; The role of clients; 6. Resolving and dissolving disputes; Litigation support revisited; Electronic disclosure; Electronic filing; Case management; Online dispute resolution; Dispute avoidance; 7. Access to law and to justice; Public information policy; Critique; Current systems; Promulgation; A law unto itself?; AFTERWORD

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The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services by Richard E. Susskind, OBE
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