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Innovate or capitulate?

The SRA is encouraging us to innovate, but will the lesson from Slater and Gordon make us think twice?

4 March 2016

Innovation is not a word that is commonly associated with legal practice. The general assumption is that the profession is founded on conservatism; we're considered a safe pair of hands, risk-averse, and living by basic principles of right and wrong in a greyscale environment. Of course, having experienced the profession from the inside, we will know that we are where we are today because of the innovators. After all, someone had to be the first solicitor to use email.

Innovation in legal practice may come about in many ways. Sometimes it will be through necessity, as many legal aid firms have found out over the past few years. Other times, client demand (such as atypical charging methods) will force us to reassess how we work. Sometimes, innovation will happen by mistake, ideally a by-product of another successful foray.

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