From ‘smart contracts’ to apps, opportunities to replace lawyers with software abound.
It sometimes seems that the practice of law is resistant to the kinds of technological disruption that are under way in other sectors from the travel industry to taxi driving. The “Uberisation” of the legal profession is still some way down the road.
Yet, when Sundaresh Menon, chief justice of Singapore’s Supreme Court, spoke about the effect of technology in January, he said: “A day of reckoning can no longer be put off, because dramatic developments will force us to rethink entire areas of practice.”
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