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Transformative Power of Technology and Investment in the delivery of legal services

At the Georgetown Center for the Study of the Legal Profession Conference in March of this year Gregory Bufithis interviewed Richard Susskind - author of End of Lawyers. Mr Susskind had argued in his 2007 book that technology and standardisation would make lawyers less important.

The conference was entitled "Law Firm Evolution: Brave New World or Business as Usual?" In the interview Mr Susskind describes the rather unforeseen impact of email back in 1996 and the likely future impact of technology on the delivery of legal services. He described the impact of Web 2.0 on managing a network of contacts, communication, collaboration and the gathering and sharing of knowledge more effectively - all essential to the delivery of legal services.

As part of the discussion Mr Susskind explained the impact of the Legal Services Act and the ability for Private Equity to invest in the delivery of legal services, "the conventional law firm is not a particularly attractive investment for a private equity house." "It is too restrictive to think that law firms are the only potential targets..." "...what is far more likely to attract funding is new forms of legal business in and around conventional business."

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Transformative Power of Technology and Investment in the delivery of legal services
At the Georgetown Center for the Study of the Legal Profession Conference, Gregory Bufithis interviewed Richard Susskind - author of End of Lawyers.