The future of Legal IT is smart …and almost paperless

The future of Legal IT is smart …and almost paperless

Matt Blowes October 14, 2015 Opinion, Legal

Legal firms need IT to be smarter and work for them.

The pace of innovation in the legal profession is faster today than it was 10 years ago. That's how 69 per cent of senior staff and partners felt when asked by Thomson Reuters; and almost as many (60 per cent) expect it will be even faster in 10 years. Yet the size of most legal IT departments is expected to remain the same as far into the future as 2044! IT support will have to be more agile and diverse than its previously been thought of.

Going forward, there is no doubt IT is going to feature more heavily in law firms' strategic planning. IT partners will have to be more consultative, offering a service that includes both advice on future IT developments, and reliable day-to-day support.

It's hard to see the profession going paperless, but it will reduce. More and more legal resources are going online only, having and knowing the the right technology to access them will be necessary.

Here's the full infographic on how the future of law may look like in 2044:

The future of law: Disappearing legal libraries and virtual firms! (Infographic)
Source: The future of law: Disappearing legal libraries and virtual firms! (Infographic)

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