Archive for the “Legal practice” 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.

Do lawyers need to be digitally competent?

By Nick Holmes on November 21, 2014

Reblogged from Legal Web Watch November 2014. I ask this because I have been looking into the future for CPD in the two professions. Both are moving away from measuring CPD hours towards systems based on self-certified continuing competence. The (…)

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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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A new Legal Web ebook with CPD for solicitors

By Nick Holmes on June 12, 2010

Thanks to Tessa Shepperson for reviewing favourably Delia Venables and my latest Legal Web ebook with CPD for solicitors called Modern Practice Topics for Solicitors. Are you feeling ignorant about the internet. Worried about wikis? Bothered by blogs? Or intimidated (…)

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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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What are lawyers worth?

By Nick Holmes on January 29, 2009

I’m following with interest the prolific debate on alternative billing. Read three in particular: Jordan Furlong’s Billing thread on Law21 Toby Brown’s Alternative Billing thread on 3 Geeks and a Law Blog Ron Baker’s Value Billing thread on the VeraSage (…)

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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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Hard times?

By Nick Holmes on November 7, 2008

A personal opinion from a “usually tetchy but recently quite chipper old buzzard” on how the recession is affecting the legal world: Personal Injury – times have never been better Housing Law – good times! Divorce – quiet time of (…)

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