IT and innovation

15 March 2016

This report highlights how we are committed to helping solicitors and law firms develop their businesses in new ways. An innovative legal sector is essential for delivering the efficient, affordable services the public needs.

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We are committed to helping solicitors and law firms develop their businesses in new ways. An innovative legal sector is essential for delivering the efficient, affordable services the public needs.

One key element of this is making the best use of information technology (IT) to help you deliver their services.

This report shows you:

  • how IT can help your firm compete and grow
  • why we are interested in firms' use of IT
  • firms that are using IT to support innovations
  • how you can make the most of your IT, while making sure your data is protected.

An essential element of legal practice is how information is communicated, understood and applied.

IT can be a powerful tool to make working practices more efficient, and for introducing new ways of delivering services.

Using technology to support legal work can help drive the innovation that helps firms compete and thrive It can help you to reduce your costs and provide you with better information.

At the same time, it helps empower consumers with the knowledge they need to make the best choices, as well as reducing the price, which can be a major barrier to access.

Crispin Passmore
Executive Director, Policy

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  2. The impact of technology, Legal Futures, 2015
  3. How big data can improve the practice of law, Datafloq, 2015
  4. Big data: too much information, Law Society Gazette, 2015
  5. Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales, Law Society, 2015
  6. Rechtwijzer 2.0: technology that puts justice in your hands, HiiL, 2015
  7. Briggs lays out vision for lawyer-free online courts, Legal Futures, 2016
  8. The Lord Chief Justice's report 2015, Judiciary Office of England and Wales, 2016
  9. SRA Innovate, SRA, 2016
  10. Legislation.Gov
  11. Internet users 2015, Office for National Statistics, 2015
  12. AI and the law tools of tomorrow: a special report, Legal Business, 2015
  13. Legal technology: future horizons, International Legal Technology Association, 20 15
  14. How lawyers will modernise their firms in 2015. Law Technology Today, 2015
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  16. Brave New World, LexisNexis Bellwether Report: 2014, LexisNexis, 2014
  17. Those are likely at least thirty years away if they are possible at all, taking simply computer capacity into account.
  18. IBM lays out massive potential for Watson in the law, Legal Futures, 2015
  19. Armies of expensive lawyers, replaced by cheaper software, New York Times, 2011
  20. Role of artificial intelligence in law, Raconteur, 2015
  21. The impact of technology, Legal Futures Insight, Legal Futures, 2015
  22. Cyber security guidance for business, GCHQ, 2012 (updated 2015)
  23. Silver Linings: cloud computing, law firms and risk, SRA, 2013
  24. The Court of Justice declares that the Commission's US Safe Harbour Decision is invalid, Court of Justice of the European Union, 2015
  25. US and EU in data privacy clash: what you need to know, CNBC, 2015
  26. For instance storing backups on hard drives that are otherwise kept in safe storage, or on "versioned" cloud storage. Risk Outlook 2015–2016, SRA, 2015
  27. 27. For further details, see our Risk outlook 2015–2016, SRA, 2015
  28. Risk outlook 2015–2016, SRA, 2015
  29. Cyber Essentials scheme: overview, Department of Business Innovation and Skills, 2015
  30. Information Commissioner "sounds the alarm" on data breaches within the legal professions, Information Commissioner, 2014
  31. The paper monster, The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, 2006
  32. We can find no case in which a fire or other disaster affecting a major IT provider's data centre has caused a significant and permanent loss of stored data, as opposed to a temporary interruption in service.