2010 CBA Canadian Legal Conference & Expo

The Canadian Bar Association’s Canadian Legal Conference & Expo was held this year from Aug 15-17 in Niagara.

The keynote speaker  was Richard Susskind who is an Internationally renowned legal academic, CBA Special Adviser and best-selling author.  He presented a thought-provoking and engaging session where he shared his latest thinking and research on what’s next for clients, lawyers and law firms.

His views are very interesting to a firm like ours. We have taken on the mission of preparing law firms for the new trends and demands that come along with client acquisition in this internet age. Susskind has taken on his own challenge of preparing law firms for the the effects that globalization will have on the practice of law in years to come. Susskind faced a lot of criticism when he predicted in 1996 that the internet would be the main source for legal research rather than the library.

‘The End of Lawyers’

Susskind is at it again. In his newest offering, ‘The End of Lawyers’, Susskind predicts that the delivery of legal services will be very different due to cost considerations and changes in demand. A February, 2008 interview with Lawyers Weekly stated:

“The drive to control legal costs will compel companies to search for less costly alternatives.
“The traditional way of delivering legal service, crafting the solution from scratch starting with a blank sheet of paper, is a luxury that no one will be able to afford,” Susskind argues. “A lot of legal work is routine and repetitive; we can do it in different ways, it can be outsourced, off-shored, done by computers, standardized.” The drive to control legal costs will compel companies to search for less costly alternatives.

“The traditional way of delivering legal service, crafting the solution from scratch starting with a blank sheet of paper, is a luxury that no one will be able to afford,” Susskind argues. “A lot of legal work is routine and repetitive; we can do it in different ways, it can be outsourced, off-shored, done by computers, standardized.”

Susskind has independent research to back up his claims. An independent research company predicts that by year 2040, a firm with 1000 lawyers will be considered mid-sized.

Help is an e-mail away

The times sure are-a-changin’ and Susskind’s predictions prove that law firms will need to consult with proven experts to keep up with the trends. Don’t be afraid to reach out and get some advice.

Posted on August 27th, 2010