LawTech Europe, Richard Susskind, Grisham & Rumpole…

Posted on September 5th, 2012 by Chrissie Lightfoot

Guest blog post by Charles Christian of The Orange Rag & Legal Technology Insider. This blog post originally appeared on The Orange Rag blog September 4th 2012 entitled “LawTech Europe Preview: Susskind to warn of radically changed legal world”

With just over two months to go before the inaugural LawTech Europe Congress opens its doors to delegates in Prague on Monday 12th November, the event’s keynote speaker – the legal futurist Professor Richard Susskind – has been outlining some of the ideas he will be discussing.

Taking a lead from his new book Tomorrow’s Lawyers (to be published in January 2013) Susskind predicts fundamental and irreversible changes in the world of law. For Susskind, best-selling author of The End of Lawyers? the future of legal service will be neither Grisham nor Rumpole. Instead, it will be a world of virtual courts, internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditized service, legal process outsourcing, and web-based simulated practice. Legal markets will be liberalized, with new jobs for lawyers and new employers too. Susskind describes his new book as a definitive guide to this future – for young and aspiring lawyers, and for all who want to modernize our legal and justice systems. It introduces the new legal landscape and offers practical guidance for those who intend to build careers and businesses in law.

In his keynote, Susskind will identify the key drivers of change, such as the economic downturn, and considers how these will impact on the legal marketplace. He will also sketch out the new legal landscape as he predicts it, including the changing role of law firms, and inhouse lawyers, and the coming of virtual hearings and online dispute resolution. And he will also focus on the prospects for aspiring lawyers, predicting what new jobs and new employers there will be, and equipping prospective lawyers with penetrating questions to put to their current and future employers. This keynote will be the essential introduction to the future of law for those who want to succeed in the rapidly changing legal landscape.

The event’s organiser – Frederick Gyebi-Ababio, managing director of eDiscovery Europe – adds “With two months still to go, we are already ahead of target on delegate numbers, with registrations coming in from lawyers, inhouse legal counsel, government law and justice departments, firms of auditors and technology companies from Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, as well as the Czech Republic. We even have some delegates travelling in from as far afield as the United States and the United Arab Emirates. This event really will put Prague at the heart of Europe’s legal technology community.”

Please visit for more information and event registration.

About LawTech Europe Congress: Its mission is to create a cutting edge legal technology educational forum that addresses three core areas which are E-Discovery, Forensics and Legal Technology. These disciplines are at the forefront of organizational operations globally and LTEC’s guiding philosophy is to embrace solutions to empower law firms and corporations to reduce risk, limit the potential for expensive litigation exposure and to increase overall competence within the legal industry. This philosophy is vital in generating significant awareness for legal professionals and the organizations they support. Delegates will be engaged throughout our events with advanced presentations, panel sessions, hands on workshops, roundtable discussions and private demonstrations of the latest e-discovery solutions. Our company strategically focuses on best practices and how they fit into upholding a high level educational structure. LawTech Europe Congress has set out to provide relevant solutions and advice to legal professionals and corporations today.

Charles Christian

The Orange Rag & Legal Technology Insider

PS: A message from yours truly, Chrissie Lightfoot. I’m honoured to be a speaker / panelist and designated tweeter for #LTEC2012 #LawTechEurope. I’d love to see you here!

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