Published on October 14th, 2019
Advancements in technology have revolutionized the UK’s legal landscape and the legal profession has evolved.
Automation of some legal processes has influenced paralegals, lawyers, legal secretaries and many other professionals to become proficient at spreadsheet, word processing, database, telecommunication, legal research and presentation software.
In fact, legal technology has affected almost every aspect in the law field, from corporate practice and law firms to document management and courtroom operations. Here are the five technology trends in UK legal industry.
1. Mobile Applications
Whether you own an iPhone or Android device, you are most likely using many applications.
The functionality and performance of mobile devices in the market today are similar.
Mobile phone hardware has matured and the rate of innovation and differentiation has slowed down. As a result, firms are now focusing on data accessibility.
For example, with a mobile website browser, you can access any website, whether you are using an iPhone or Android device.
People are using apps for banking, social networking, travelling and for other personal activities. Moreover, many applications are finding their way into the legal sector.
They are helping lawyers practice any place and at any time. They do not need desktop computers anymore.
2. Adoption Of Practice Management Software In Law Firms
Cloud technology has disrupted the legal industry. Most firms are now moving their clients to the cloud and the trend is not showing any possibility of slowing down.
A cloud-based legal management system come with one big advantage – elasticity. Legal firms do not have to build IT infrastructures for business continuity and disaster recovery purposes. From the utility perspective, firms are paying for only what they consume and for the needed services solely. That saves both the resources and time.
Law firms and corporate legal departments expect large amounts of data. And the amount of relevant data for clients and matters grow according to how long a case takes or how long the relationship with a client continues.
If you add the amount of data in research services, court records, and eDiscovery platforms, you are likely to realize that the ability to search and govern the data sets manually is impossible.
Introduction of analytics search engines has helped lawyers manage their data easily and efficiently.
Machine-based software programs that review data points allow for the identification of trends that the human eye would otherwise miss. The increased efficiency leads to a reduction of costs for both the clients and law firms and motivates professionals to rely on systems that comply with information governance policies of firms.
Cloud-based computing has overtaken paper file usage and traditional desktops. As a result, security is among the greatest concerns for law firms and their clients.
Even though there are no legal standards for the security of any data stored in the cloud, technology in the area is maturing.
Governance technology dictates where, how long and for how long information has to be stored and who can access it.
That has enhanced the security of data stored in the cloud. The ability of data encryption for in motion and at rest data has also enhanced the security of client information.
5. Artificial Intelligence
Though artificial intelligence is very new, it is likely to change analytic capabilities right from descriptive to predictive.
Currently, lawyers are using it to map the predispositions of judges and predict their rulings as well as understand the tactics which opposing counsel usually use when preparing defences. Currently, regulatory law seems to be amiable to artificial intelligence because its statutes are prescriptive.
Technology is evolving rapidly and machines can think as real attorneys. We are likely to witness more opportunities soon.
Technological advancements have affected most professional industries. In fact, technologies have created more business opportunities and changed how professionals work.
Social networking, artificial intelligence and virtual law firms are among the legal technological trends people have witnessed in the UK.
Most firms are adopting legal practice management systems too.