Should the balance be re-addressed? Technology has probably become the most useful tool for lawyers, who are members of a very traditional profession not so prone to accept changes and innovation. One of the big challenges for innovative lawyers is to progressively make more recourse to technology. This will assist the process of simplification of increasing administrative tasks and compliance obligations in the profession and give lawyers more time to do what they have been trained to do: thinking, providing legal advice and resolving issues for clients.
Seventy percent of partners and fee earners in the legal sector are spending more time on administrative tasks compared with five years ago, according to a survey by Lexacom Digital Dictation in partnership with the London Legal Support Trust. Nearly half of all respondents feel their workload is too heavy. Limited time is not only stopping survey respondents from doing more client work, it’s getting in the way of innovation – which could have consequences further down the line if firms don’t have time to consider how they are going to adapt to changing demands and priorities.