The Future of Law: Facing the Challenges of Information Technology

Paperback | February 1, 1998

byRichard Susskind

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This edition makes Susskind's highly-acclaimed and best-selling book available in paperback, and includes a new and substantial preface by the author. His book demonstrates why the future of the law is digital. It shows why and how IT is radically altering and will alter further the practiceof law and the administration of justice. Beyond automating and streamlining traditional ways of providing legal advice, IT is re-engineering the entire legal process, resulting in legal products and information services focused on dispute pre-emption rather than dispute resolution, and legal riskmanagement rather than legal problem solving. With easy and inexpensive access available, IT will help to integrate the law with business and domestic life. This book explores the implications, opportunities, and challenges presented by the information society as it irrevocably changes how law willbe practised and justice administered. In this paperback edition, the author provides a substantial new preface which develops many of his central themes and takes account of likely developments in technology. The message for lawyers remains a stark one: in order to guarantee a stake in the legal system of the future, lawyers must adapttheir working practices or die. The message for everyone else is an empowering one: they can now demand radically improved legal services, and if lawyers cannot provide this, many others will. From the reviews of the hardback: `A work of considerable scholarship and significance ... The Future of Law maps out a way forward in uncertain, but exciting, times. This ought to beand in due course will becompulsory reading for civil servants in the Lord Chancellors Department. This is not simply a book for computerenthusiasts. The general reader will gain particular benefit from this book. As just such a one, but with aspirations to be otherwise, I benefited enormously.' The ObserverR`The book's style is welcoming and describes a convincing scenario which law firms must address or discount if they wish to survive the onset of the virtual community. This work is strongly recommended to all persons involved, however tangential, in the provision of legal services and for those whoseek to make use of them.' New Law Journal`There are 40 pages of practical advice for solicitors practices of all sizes offering gravy-soaked chunks of prime consultancy that are worth the price of the book. You should read this book if you are at all interested in the development of legal practice to enable you to make sufficientlyinformed decisions for securing the future you would wish for your practice.' Law Society Gazette

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This edition makes Susskind's highly-acclaimed and best-selling book available in paperback, and includes a new and substantial preface by the author. His book demonstrates why the future of the law is digital. It shows why and how IT is radically altering and will alter further the practiceof law and the administration of justice. B...

Professor Richard Susskind, OBE FRSE DPhil LIBFBCS, is one of the world's leading experts on the use of IT in the law. He is an independent consultant, with a global practice, specialising in the work of large professional firms, government departments and courts of law. He is Visiting Professor to the Centre for Law, Computers and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:February 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

New substantial prefacePart I: The Current Realities1. The Poverty of Law2. The Power of ITPart II: Understanding the Role of Information Technology in the Law3. The Leading Applications4. The Crucial Enabling Techniques5. Technical AssumptionsPart III: The Impact of Information Technology on the Law6. The Law as an Information System7. Business Process Re-engineering and the LawPart IV: The Management Challenges8. Thinking Strategically9. Cultivating the Culture10. Assessing the Costs and BenefitsPart V: The Future11. Changing Legal Education and Training12. Lawyers and the Legal Service of Tomorrow

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Take the opportunity to read this book. It is well written, avoids technical jargon and uses a style and language familiar to lawyers... It contains thought-provoking ideas about the future of law and lawyers./ ... it is a book written by an expert who not only knows the theory, but has thepleasure of working at the forefront of IT development in the law./ Fiona A Westwood, the Jrnl of the Law Society of Scotland, April 1999, vol 44, no 4