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On one hand predictions might be senseless if events move slowly.
As it is with legal, there usually is a range of possibilities in the middle; it depends. We are equally grateful to the contributors — the beautiful minds — who stepped forward with a prediction.
We have made an effort to categorize these predictions along three broad segments: Finally, we close with a contribution from a former journalist, who covered the legal market for a local business publication in Raleigh. He is now a 3rd year law student and has interviewed peers to express a well-reasoned outlook.
And now, here are the predictions for the legal industry in The hot industries and practice areas from last year have disappeared. In their place are new opportunities for growth. The law firms able to bring a quick and flexible approach business plans legal firms targeting the following market opportunities will see growth in Cybersecurity is growing at 3 times the market rate; class actions are gaining momentum; health care companies plan to increase spending in 10 legal segments—the most of any industry; complex litigation is growing rapidly.
More talk than action on process, technology, and metrics. But enough talk paired with enough incremental improvement to further close the gaps between knowledge, attitude, and practice with respect to legal service delivery.
Discomfort and Lasting Relationships. They will distinguish those failed firms as aberrations borne of mismanagement, rather than as victims of pervasive trends that persist, including: With the rise of the CLOC group representing the growth of legal operations a.
This means the days of asking for AFAs and opting for discounts are numbered. Both law firms and law departments will confront two major obstacles hindering progress: Clients will do a better job of establishing transparent performance metrics linked to business success, and law firms will revise compensation to reward client-oriented behaviors.
Long-term profitability, client satisfaction as measured by retention and cross-sellingand efficiency will overtake inefficiency, client hoarding, and short-term revenue as key factors in partner compensation plans. These changes will happen first in those law firms and law departments where leaders recognize that the era of the amateur manager relying on a good legal mind is over.
It will make a big media splash but have limited actual impact. It will probably be a fairly limited scope application. Even if it is broader than I think, client uptake will be slow because clients change behavior slowly. In other words, the hype cycle will be brought down to earth and AI will be like many other tech innovations preceding it.
The impact takes years to be significant. Friedmann also blogs at Prism Legal. This transition will accelerate changes in operating models, employee recruiting and retention strategies, technology utilization and more.
And, the organizations that successfully navigate this leadership transition will be the top law firms and legal departments in and beyond. Demand growth remains elusive.
Many firms continue to suffer from excess capacity and are often indistinguishable from each other. That said, such sad fates are not preordained; firms who assess their situation in a clear-eyed fashion with the intestinal fortitude to make significant changes can survive — heck — even thrive.
What this will reveal as never before is the underlying fragility of many firms that find themselves overly reliant on a relative handful of key internal players.
Sam Glover Editor in Chief Lawyerist. Glover has contributed here: Legal Industry Predictions for and Beyond. Clients have been managing lawyer performance mostly as a billing concept.
Smart firms will recognize these trends and add value to the change process. Clients want the peace of mind of knowing their chosen attorney focuses on their exact problem. Clients, corporate and individual, notice and judge when their lawyers cannot encrypt email when needed, cannot answer questions quickly because they have to go dig the answer out of paper files and do not seem to appreciate or even understand the role of technology-based information sharing today.
The use of portals and online document repositories so clients can have secure, on-demand access to information will grow. Law firms will be fired by clients, not for lack of substantive knowledge and skills, but because clients are frustrated with antiquated processes like leaving messages with staff hoping they get it right instead of having the option of voice mail.What legal structure to use: sole proprietorship, PC, partnership, LLP, etc.
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