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Nicola Laver

Editor, Solicitors Journal




Few solicitors are empowered to utilise innovative lawtech, according to a survey. A joint survey by the University of Oxford and the Law Society found that the use of innovative tech and subsequent training is low among solicitors in England and Wales. Respondents were positive about the need to become familiar with multi-disciplinary expertise, but the survey found no consensus on whether lawyers themselves should acquire it. Key findings included an 'inability of surveyed organisations to capture data effectively' which could 'hinder the successful rollout of such solutions in the legal sector'. Professor Mari Sako from the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School called for further research 'to facilitate the emergence of a tech-enabled, tech-savvy, solicitors' profession'. 22 March