This year Senior Partner, Ritu Sethi, and a number of other solicitors from the Sethi Partnership Solicitors attended the Legalex 2017 event at the ExCeL Centre in London. The show demonstrated the high levels of innovation that are currently taking place across the legal sector and gave an insight into emerging tech trends.
One thing that is clear throughout the legal sector in 2017 is that technology is reshaping the way we think about law. This relates as much to the business and practice of law firms as it does to wider issues like cyber-crime, data protection, and online security. A large number of exhibitors at this year’s event were there to showcase digital case management systems, IT service support, and cloud space and app-based platforms.
Offset against the pace of technological change is the need to remain vigilant and client-focussed at all times. In the legal sector more than any other, security and privacy remains paramount. We believe that the key is to take a measured approach to technological change, but above all as we have spoken about before, Lawyers should not feel threatened by AI or other emerging technologies, but instead embrace them wherever they can be beneficial to the clients.
Of course the other important technology that continues to reshape our business and personal lives is social media. For businesses in any sector, these emerging platforms can be a fantastic way to network and grow, but again they come with their own set of challenges. It is important for example to balance selling against more human-faced posting that helps firms to build conversation and empathy understanding. And when you start to look at social media from a legal perspective the need to take a measured and informed approach becomes even more apparent.
Prior to this year’s Legalex exhibition Event Director, Eddy Lawrance, said: “Legalex 2017 will deliver the most comprehensive display of solutions, suppliers, and services that cover every aspect of law firm growth and professional development.”
It certainly did that, with a high emphasis on emerging tech trends. The Sethi Partnership Solicitors remains committed to keeping up-to-date with emerging technologies and practices across all areas of law and we will continue to take an informed and measured approach.