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Legal IT: How law firms will be working in the future

Simon Ratcliffe examines the influence of disruptive technology on the future of legal technology

1 March 2016

Gartner (the world's leading technology analysts) often preface their predictions on technological change with the caveat that it is easier to predict the trajectory of a technology than to predict the human usage of that technology. There is much new and emerging technology that is disrupting many business sectors at present, but predicting how it may impact law firms is definitely an art rather than a science.

There has been a lot of talk in recent months of how artificial intelligence (AI) is set to take over large tracts of the legal sector and how this change will result in the destruction of the sector as we know it. Technology and the power for change that it offers many sectors is undoubtedly a fact. Disruption of the established order is happening across many industries: Amazon, the world's biggest retailer, has no physical shops; Netflix, the world's biggest film seller, has no cinemas; and Uber, ...

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