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What is LawTech?

28th 01 2019

 The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) latest survey has shown that 49.6% of respondents didn’t know what lawtech was prior to completing the survey, with almost two-thirds (63%) stating the so-called legal-tech evolution “was not having an impact on their current job responsibilities.”

The survey asked 224 junior lawyers in total.

However, although 2/3rd of lawyers surveyed claimed legal-tech was having little impact, 71% believed that their practice area could benefit from using more technology.

What is legal tech then? It is the use of technology and software to help aid the provision of legal services. Law firms/legal departments can use Lawtech to help with documentation review; practice management and accounting; storage; billing and automation.

Law firms are collaborating with start-up tech companies to access their innovative and state-of-the-art technology. This provides a new competitive edge to law firms and enables them to distinguish themselves while showing a real commitment to changing trends. Not only this, but lawyers themselves are expected to be more knowledgeable about technology.  

James Kitching, a member of JLD’s executive committee:

“Lawtech has the potential to revolutionise the way we work. However, what the survey shows is that there is a general perception that we are not there yet.”

More importantly, there is still not enough engagement and understanding amongst junior lawyers as to exactly what lawtech is and how it can improve the way we work and it appears that part of the reason for this is a lack of training and education on the topic at the graduate level.”