Driven by a number of factors but particularly technology, we are at the start of a period of fundamental transformation in legal practice: this is particularly pronounced in relation to contentious matters. This seminar will consider (1) how technology is currently assisting (and may ultimately transform) the work in resolving significant disputes undertaken by solicitors, counsel, arbitrators and the judiciary and (2) what strategies the profession can adopt for success.
Among the matters to be discussed will be:
• How technology’s contribution may slowly change from merely bringing greater efficiencies to legal practice as carried out today to a gradual replacement of some of the tasks currently performed by legal professionals by ‘increasingly capable systems’.
• An evaluation of technology’s support of dispute resolution and an appraisal of the new electronic case management and filing systems in the Rolls Building.
• Technologies are having a significant impact on operational performance in shipping: how these technologies influence assessors’ analyses in matters of navigation and seamanship in collision cases and the like.