Last week, I was in Sydney presenting at a private event along with Richard Susskind OBE who was in Australia to launch his new book, 'The Future of the Professions'. Richard is well known for specialising in the future of professional services, especially the impact of technology on the world of law. His views on the legal profession have influenced a generation of lawyers around the world.
During his session, he explained how technology is changing the work of professionals and how artificial intelligence is likely to transform practice in the 2020s. He argues that legal service providers and clients should move away from the traditional model of legal service to one or more of the six new models identified in his new book.
He is pessimistic about the future for lawyers who are reluctant to change. However, for lawyers who are prepared to optimise, transform, and diversify, he is confident they have a bright future ahead.