In Focus

The future of law

It is no understatement to say that the legal profession in New South Wales and, for that matter, across Australia is undergoing change at a pace never experienced and in ways most lawyers would have found hard to predict at the beginning of the 21st century. There is no shortage of commentators on the future of lawyers and on what seems like a tidal wave of innovation and change washing through the legal profession. Lawyers together with regulators, professional bodies and universities are all rising to meet the demands and challenges that come with such rapid transformation.

It was against this backdrop that The Law Society of New South Wales established the Future Committee in 2016 and, in turn, the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (flip) Commission of Inquiry to better understand the changes taking place in and around the legal profession and to provide the profession with recommendations that will enable lawyers to better accommodate new concepts and ideas, and adapt to changes that are taking place and will inevitably
continue to do so. To the extent possible, the report also looks over the horizon in an effort to gauge what might lie ahead.

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