How will AI implementation affect clients of law firms?
A final consideration that is likely to affect clients is that when law firms are looking to invest in the technology, undoubtedly, to the expense of human talent where are the next generation of talented lawyers going to appear from and how will they be forged? Clients will always demand that no matter how much technology can be implemented to complete a given project that an experienced senior lawyer will be present to oversee any issues that do arise. It can also be seen that clients are now increasingly not willing to pay for tasks which can be regarded as mundane and less sophisticated owing to the new technical solutions available to them.
If trends continue the way they are in-house legal operations are likely to become more sophisticated and as a result panel firms will be forced to expand on their base of expertise. As seen in some technology aware firms are already teaching their staff a basic degree of coding. Human resource departments of many technology aware laws firms are already looking to induct STEM students into their trainee programmes on account of their inherent ability to understand mathematical processes and their computational way of problem-solving to contrast to their humanities counterparts.