Welcome to our Law.com Barometer newsletter, powered by the ALM Global Newsroom in advance of Legalweek 2021. Each week this newsletter will bring you the trends, disruptions and shifts our reporters and editors are tracking through coverage spanning every beat and region across the ALM Global Newsroom. The micro-topic coverage will help you monitor the changing landscape of the legal industry and prepare you to participate in the events taking place at the year-long #Legalweek21.

The Shift: The Future is Not Just About Innovation

Talk to anybody trying to make waves in the legal field, and it’s all about working smarter, faster, more efficiently, and being more data- and tech-savvy—imperatives that sound remarkably similar to the wider business world. But isn’t that antithetical to how law firms grow, to the idea that client service and personal relationships are central to the counsel/client relationship? But, as it turns out, today’s law firms that are trying to marry law and technology through alternative legal services are finding it’s important to not choose one or the other—it’s the integration of traditional law and alternative services that is fueling growth.