The Times Online is running its own Law21 column, starring Richard Susskind (OBE) and titled "The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services," which also happens to be the title of his forthcoming book from Oxford University Press.
Susskind says of the 6 columns — "draft excerpts" from his book:
This is neither a lawyer-bashing polemic nor a gratuitous assault on the legal profession. Instead, it is a collection of predictions and observations about a generally honourable profession that is, I argue, on the brink of fundamental transformation.
Much of what he says in his first column about getting lawyers to rethink the way they work and eliminate as many inefficiencies as possible will be familiar to readers of Slaw, thanks to the perceptive comments of our far-seeing contributors. But that doesn't mean you should ignore what Susskind has to say; the messages about the need for change cannot be repeated often enough.