The agenda for ILTA INSIGHT in London on 14 November includes a full programme designed to appeal to legal practitioners in every area of practice. There is also a speech by legal and business futurist Rohit Talwar. What can we learn from those who predict the future developments in legal practice?
Those for whom my title means nothing may care to search Youtube for the phrase in my title, substituting “Romans” for “futurists”.
One of the speakers at the excellent ILTA 2013 in Las Vegas was legal futurist Rohit Talwar. Such people provoke strong reactions, ranging from the complete conviction that law firms and legal departments must learn to adapt to change, via “some of it was quite mad, you know” (as somebody put it to me), and on to outright scorn for such predictions and for the people who make them.
I touched on this in a long article called The Ghost of Legal Services Yet to Come – a Futurist tells of things that may be which discussed a speech which Rohit Talwar made in Hong Kong earlier this year. I said:
“These futurists are all very interesting, but I want to know what my firm should do now”. This is the common cry of those who attend talks by those who anticipate business trends. I do not particularly like the label “futurist” because it somehow implies too much science and not enough flesh and blood, but that is how Rohit Talwar describes himself, and there was certainly more than enough of the human in his talk.
Professor Richard Susskind, another who tells us where we are going to be, is well aware of the difficulties of, as he puts it, “telling a roomful of millionaires they have got their business model wrong”. It was Susskind who told us, 20 years or so ago, that lawyers would communicate with each other and with clients via email and that they would put law up on their websites for anyone to read for free. These futurists, eh? Read the rest of this entry »