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Small firms are ‘go’

Away from the BigLaw tech noise, SME law firms are quietly getting on with innovation

31 January 2017

There is a lot of noise surrounding the emergence of intelligent software on the legal scene. At times, the impression is of a profession collectively undergoing a radical transformation, with quills and seals replaced with clouds and chatbots. The reality is that most of this is vendor driven, with regular announcements that one or other of the few pioneers in the field are signing up a new ‘major’ client.

None of that is necessarily bad or wrong. Technology undoubtedly has the potential to change delivery models for the better and to make legal advice accessible to more people. And, for sure, it could be big. But for most law firms right now the robot-assisted dream looks more Thunderbirds than SpaceX.

Experimentation with artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and machine learning is still mostly the preserve of ...

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