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This book examines the effect of advances in IT upon legal practice, analysing anticipated developments in the next decade. It explores the extent to which the role of the traditional lawyer can be sustained in the face of the challenging trends in the legal market and new techniques and technologies for the delivery of services.
Richard Susskind is Honorary Professor of Law at Gresham College, London, IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice, and an independent consultant to professional firms and national governments. He is Chair of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information, a law columnist at The Times, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society. He studied law at Glasgow University and has a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. His views on the future of the legal profession have influenced a generation of lawyers around the world. He has written several books, including Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), and Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000), and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. He was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year's Honours List for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.