The IT crowd
Technology occupies a curious space in the legal community. On one hand, City law firms fall over themselves to appear forward-thinking in relation to technology and lawyers have generally been eager to hop on the social media bandwagon. Likewise, lawyers became addicted to mobile gadgets years ago, with the BlackBerry quickly winning the profession's heart, even if a few are now casting lustful glances in Apple's direction. But in many ways, the debate regarding technology for law firms as businesses has become ghettoised over the last 10 years. In the late 1990s, when the first tech-boom was in full effect and the IT-fuelled predictions of Richard Susskind were inspiring and irritating in equal measure, the topic was much on the mind of managing partners. At the time many firms were throwing money at IT, in some cases with little to show for it.
Will legal tech break out of its ghetto once more?
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