Last year I reading an article on the BBC predicting that by 2025, up to a quarter of jobs will be replaced by either smart software or robots, while a study from Oxford University had suggested that 35% of existing UK jobs are at risk of automation in the next 20 years.
Scary thought? Possibly, but it’s all about improving efficiency within the legal profession and providing a better service to clients. Technology won’t replace lawyers, but it will allow lawyers to focus more on the side of the job than document management.
AI and technology will have no problem dealing with the black-and-white issues, but when things become a little , and there’s an awful lot a out there, that’s where the lawyer steps in and brings home the bacon.
"Law firms and lawyers have gotten away for a long time with not changing the ways they deliver their services," he said, noting that a defining moment of change came around "the Great Recession." During this period, clients began realizing they had purchasing power, and outside providers of legal services began taking their business. So how can firms adapt to the change? Kane says to use technology when available, and to apply it to project management. "A lot of firms better figure out the solution is not, 'Let's get a bunch of our associates in a conference room and figure out how we're going to staff the project with brute force'" and a lot of billable hours, he added.