ON THE BRINK OF FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE FOR THE LEGAL WORLD
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
Richard Susskind has done it again with a very modern approach to what is the age-old issue of how the legal profession will evolve in the next decade. He did it before with “The End of Lawyers?” which we reviewed favourably at the time and which has achieved substantial critical acclaim for its thoughtful submissions.
Many of Susskind’s readers now will probably be looking at their roles in the profession afresh but from the wrong side of the career time line. However, the view is worth looking at for what he offers up is most thought-provoking and, yes, he can anticipate a lot of what is about to happen.
In many ways this is a serious strategy book. It peers into the future with a most interesting Part Three on ‘Prospects for Young Lawyers’ which is probably the biggest readership area for the book.
The question really is- should I bother to become a lawyer? Well, yes! It’s a tough profession and Susskind suggests that the role of the conventional lawyer may not be as prominent in future- it will be interesting to see if history bears this out or not. We don’t agree with him on that unless we see a little less law-making which is highly doubtful.
When one door closes another opens is a serious quote from Bell at the beginning of this book and it sums up the predicament we are all in. Susskind deals not only with the changing landscape of law, but the changing attitudes of the personalities, especially on the bench, and the sea change which is modern IT.
We feel that anyone who is contemplating a legal career today whilst still an undergraduate should read this book very carefully before they attend an interview for either further academic pursuit or gainful employment.
In 180 pages and 3 Parts, the book has a wealth of common sense about what the future probably holds (without too much anticipation). The best conclusions arising from ‘Tomorrow’s Lawyers’ (and do read it cover to cover) are the refreshing and original concepts Susskind postulates. The thing is we don’t know what the future holds but Susskind gives us his best educated guesses… and for that he deserves our grateful thanks for his new legal paradigm. We wonder what will really happen!
Once again, Susskind succeeds in his role : anticipating the future in the law industry & urging the reader (if he/she is a lawyer) to act... Not to whine. Inspiring & moving. A must if you want to think even a bit on the legal market / industry & more deeply the very legitimacy of the legal profession. Some teeth will grind !
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