Archive for the “Future of law” category

Never mind the quantity

By Nick Holmes on May 4, 2016

My latest post on the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. Image: By Eric Fischer on Flickr.

The Uberisation of law

By Nick Holmes on July 15, 2015

My latest article in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers gives some perspectives on the sharing economy and how it affects lawyers. Image: Taxi clown by John Fisher on Flickr.

Reinventing law – the Twitter story

By Nick Holmes on July 1, 2014

Reblogged from Legal Web Watch June 2014. Reinvent Law London 2014, a conference featuring presentations on “law + technology + innovation + entrepreneurship” was held on 20 June 2014 at the University of Westminster Law School in London. I missed (…)

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Is the law a can of beans? (reprise)

By Nick Holmes on October 16, 2009

Way back in 1999 I wrote a piece on the commoditisation of legal services which still resonates today. Some lawyers are still arguing that there are so many potential pitfalls in using commoditised online services that the customer should always (…)

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The end of BigLawyers – does the rest of society care?

By Nick Holmes on October 14, 2009

Having just penned my previous post on BigLaw, I browsed the latest issue of Legal Information Management and was riveted not by my own article therein :=), nor by any of the many other worthy articles, but by the Book (…)

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Reformation

By Nick Holmes on February 11, 2009

Deep thought (as ever) from Jordan Furlong at Law21 on the future of lawyers a la Susskind. He concludes: If we take another meaning of “end” – an outcome worked toward or an objective for which effort is expended, rather (…)

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The future of lawyers

By Nick Holmes on January 5, 2009

First published in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, January 2009. In The End of Lawyers? (Oxford University Press) Richard Susskind challenges the legal profession to ask what elements of their current work could be undertaken more quickly, more cheaply, more (…)

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2009

By Nick Holmes on December 31, 2008

I usually leave it until the last minute to frame my “binary law” predictions for the year ahead. After all, a lot can happen in a month and it’s of course helpful to have the benefit of everyone else’s predictions (…)

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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

By Nick Holmes on December 30, 2008

I recently commented far too favourably on the the new Law Society Gazette site. There is no way to browse the archives which is frustrating. But to give the site some juice, the opinion sections in particular should be inviting (…)

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What about clients?

By Nick Holmes on December 12, 2008

In a series of recent posts, Jordan Furlong gives his slant on the arguments at the heart of Richard Susskind’s thesis: Decoupling price from cost in legal services: In order to turn a profit, firms will be forced to streamline (…)

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The future of lawyers

By Nick Holmes on December 10, 2008

I have not yet found on the public access web anything approaching a review of Richard Susskind’s The End of Lawyers? (Oxford University Press). So I must conclude I’m one of the few who have actually read it from cover (…)

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A wake-up call to lawyers

By Nick Holmes on July 14, 2008

Professor Richard Susskind is, as I write, no doubt completing the final draft of his forthcoming treatise, The End of Lawyers? to be published in June by Oxford University Press. More than 12 years ago he wrote its predecessor, The (…)

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The death of the high street practice?

By Nick Holmes on March 4, 2008

John Bolch on Family Lore relates the sad tale of local (Kent) firms who are shedding staff by the dozen due to the property slump. And following their conveyancing business may well be their whole business. Anecdotal evidence is that (…)

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Susskind 2.0 digested (6)

By Nick Holmes on November 28, 2007

In the last Times extract from The End of Lawyers? Richard Susskind answers his critics. There are those that argue that “computers cannot replace legal work. Full stop.” and others who believe that IT will have no or minimal effect (…)

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Susskind 2.0 digested (5)

By Nick Holmes on November 20, 2007

From the fifth Times extract from The End of Lawyers? No-one who might be thought to be in the driving seat of the legal system [not law schools, nor legal academics, nor the professional bodies, nor the UK Government, nor (…)

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