Just last weekend, I was honoured with the corporate legal award and in my acceptance speech, I spoke about why technology is important in the legal profession and what impact it would make in years to come.
As advances in law technology revolutionize today’s legal landscape, the role of the legal professional has evolved. The automation of legal processes has prompted lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries and other legal professionals to become proficient at an ever-increasing array of word processing, spreadsheet, telecommunications, database, presentation and legal research software. Law technology has impacted every aspect of the legal field, from law firm and corporate practice to courtroom operation and document management.
Simple technologies like electronic billing (“e-billing”) is gradually replacing traditional paper invoices just as much as the internet has become an important legal marketing tool. Today, more people use Google to search for lawyers, just as much as they also search for legal tips on how to solve their basic day to day life, career and business problems. This means, that any lawyer or law firm that does not a strategic presence on the cyberspace will be leaving a lot of money on the table.
Technology is equally important in corporate legal departments. Law firms need to leverage on technology as a key strategic asset. Computer programs can be created for almost every corporate function including, handling registrations at the corporate affairs commission, filing trademarks and patents, preparing budgets, creating organizational charts and connecting clients with lawyers.
Although the conservative legal industry has been slow to embrace technology, with many arguments against the use of these tools, but no matter how hard we shy away from this reality, technology will disrupt the legal industry, just as much as it has very other industry – from banking, to transportation to travels.
It is to this end that as a firm, we champion the need for lawyers to see technology and the internet as a partner and not something that has come to take away their jobs. And as part of our efforts to be key players in driving innovation in the Nigerian and indeed African legal industry – one which will create more opportunities for lawyers and enhance the legal process, we have invested resources to create a tool – LegalXpress- that will connect clients with lawyers with just a click of the button.
With LegalXpress, clients will have access to legal practitioners for legal services anytime and anywhere. The platform will also serve as an interface to fast-track a variety of corporate transactions with select regulatory agencies such as CAC, Ministry of Trade and Investment etc. On the platform, you can transact Trademarks Registration, Patents, Copyrights, Legal due diligence and more. Lawyers who need their profiles included in the Directory only have to upload their information online and they are connected to clients.
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In the meantime, remember that technology has come to stay and as legal practitioners, the faster we align to these tools, the better.
Moses Oruaze Dickson