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2018 Legal Technology Predictions

By Daniel Lassell posted 11-17-2017 12:02


As a vendor, we don’t post often in this forum out of respect for the community’s peer-to-peer emphasis. However, Bluelock recently put together a comprehensive list of technology predictions with the help of 15 different experts within the legal industry. This eBook includes insights from Bluelock, law firm partners, associates and a variety of companies that service the legal industry.

It includes 50 pages of insights, covering seven categories: Operations, Cybersecurity, Compliance & Regulations, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery, Artificial Intelligence, Workforce and Major Technology Disruptions.

Readers will learn the following from your peers:

  • What will change within law firms
  • What risks will remain critical to address
  • What new technologies will impact daily practice

What will change in 2018?

Already we are seeing firms scramble to prepare for the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines. When the regulation becomes a reality, it will usher in changes to every level of the law firm, impacting daily practice down to even the most miniscule tasks like editing and sharing Excel documents if they contain international client data.

New approaches to risk mitigation will emerge to guard against cybersecurity threats and IT downtime, which will prompt major cultural changes in 2018—a shift in understanding at the highest level of the law firm, not just IT teams. In the new year, risk mitigation and the handling of sensitive data will become a critical success metric, as important as profitability.

To tackle the challenges of ever-growing client demands, reducing attrition, leveraging the cloud, and increasing regulations, firms that offload portions of their IT tasks to trusted third-party providers will see several benefits. With freed-up resources, IT departments will be able to focus on more competitive projects in 2018. 

To read the full 2018 predictions and see tips on how to navigate the impacts, click here to access the eBook.