On March 6, the Society of Computers & Law (UK) hosted an event at the Royal Society in London to hear a lecture by Professor Richard Suskind on the way in w hich legal services will develop over the next 10 years. Susskind is an independent advisor to government and the private sector on IT, lectures internationally, is a columnist for the Times and has written and edited several books on It and the Law.
To extract from the SCL email, he posited a world changed by exponential increase in processing power and where commoditisation is an inescapable part of legal practice. Lawyers methods of working and their working relationships are to see major changes influenced by the second generation KM and by technology which requires greater collaboration and the appreciation of online communities.
The SCL has made available this speech as an audio webcast or as a downloadable podcast at the SCL website