Founder, Generis Global Legal Services
Technology, much like the law itself, has its eyes covered and is thus impartial and unrestrictive in nature, it gallops on its own pace and does justice to its takers and rejectors.
Technology is undeniable and nearly omnipresent now. One can barely find an industry where technology has not had an impact. Somehow, the legal services industry continues to be hesitant to embrace innovation and advancements. For known and unknown reasons, attorneys have rather been resistant to technological advancements in the practice of law and most of them continue to stick with generations-old methods and procedures.
Most studies conducted in this regard confirm the usefulness of legal tech, even then most practitioners of law continue to reject it. Tradition and fear may be the key elements contributing here. The practice of law is generations old and rests upon the Rule of Law in modern societies. The traditions continue to be equalized left, right, and center within the profession thus cultivating an atmosphere of fear towards a rapid transition.
We have seen that technology has no frontline, in nearly all industries technology has either overhauled operations and or complemented them. There is thus a constant fear among the lawyers’ community worldwide that technology might replace them to some extent at least, and thus have a far-reaching impact on billable hours. We have already seen artificial intelligence-based systems been able to even deliver judgments where statutes are used as a database and facts are used as variables. We as an organization have been working with developing artificial intelligence-based tools to deliver service solutions to our clients and the results are unbelievable and the processes are efficient.
Objections overruled. The internet combined with technology and dashed with Artificial Intelligence has turned almost every business on its head much like the industrial revolution did.
That being said. Technology has already changed the entire landscape of the legal world to an unbelievable extent and the evolution continues to race on. Lawyers have almost stopped buying print books for legal research and are opting for subscription-based services such as Westlaw, LexisNexis, ROSS Intelligence and Courts are fast shiftings to services like iAnnotate.
Law is a conservative profession that has surely fallen behind other professions in terms of the adoption of technology. Albeit the adoption is irresistible and appears to be happening anyway, there are organizations and teams that are working to escalate the adoption. We, as an organization, continue to provide cutting edge legal services to our clients and at the same time develop platforms such as the “LawyersStation” an AI-powered platform that will enable lawyers and clients to work with each other just as gamers do and “LawGrid”, a peer-to-peer global network of attorneys that will be the backbone of the “LawyersStation.”
Organizations such as Thomson Reuters are contributing heavily to the development of legal tech and Google’s open-source AI programs are strengthening the integration of Artificial Intelligence into every aspect of human life, Generis Global continues to strive to make the most of it by actively collaborating with them.