Special Report: Legal Technology in the Connected Digital Era
This article was originally published on ConventusLaw.com on 5 October 2022.
The legal community, which has historically taken a conservative approach to adapting to new technologies, has demonstrated a steady increase in the use of legal technology in the past decade. The pandemic accelerated that trend, and there is evidence that many of those technology adoptions could be here for good.
Online tools – particularly those used for hearings and tribunals – have been available for over a decade, but the legal practitioners throughout the region have only become more comfortable using them recently, forced largely by the pandemic.
While this may come as no surprise to many in the legal community, it does beg the question: could these technology adoptions become the new norm in how lawyers and legal professionals conduct business in the future, or will old habits die hard?
Rachel Foxton, Head of APAC at Opus 2 added:
Here now and here tomorrow
The appetite for and confidence in legal technology is healthy. The survey revealed that the most common legal technologies currently used by practitioners throughout the region are electronic discovery, collaboration tools and document management.
Still, there is clearly space for new technology to fill any voids.
Respondents indicated that electronic hearings and trials and artificial intelligence (both at almost 40%), with legal document automation (35%) and trial presentation software (32%) are the technologies that are being planned for in the coming 12 months. This could indicate a shift in the way the legal community conducts their business.
As travel resumes, previous work models are evolving to incorporate the advantages and benefits of the connected digital world. Keeping costs down while improving service delivery to clients is crucial, and there is widespread support for technology to benefit the work of lawyers in future.
Simon McConnell from Clyde Co said:
The Legal Tech Survey has taught us that legal technology providers must remain vigilant in understanding law firms' challenges to provide the best possible solutions and support for law firms as they continue to evaluate their workflows and employ new technology to support and enhance their services. Legal practitioners must be open-minded and willing to learn about the technology tools available to create efficiencies in their practice and provide better service to their clients.
This report was written by Chris Bisogni for Conventus Law in association with Opus 2.
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