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by Jay Reeves |

2022 Future Ready Lawyer Survey

This news probably won’t come as a surprise, but practicing law is getting harder all the time.

The usual suspects – market volatility, rising competition, economic uncertainty – have all been exacerbated by the pandemic. Which means the short-term forecast calls for continuing stormclouds.

Those are some of the findings from the The Wolters Kluwer Future Ready Lawyer survey of 751 legal professionals in the U.S. and Europe.

“Three trends will have the most impact across the legal sector over the next three years,” writes legal tech expert Bob Ambrogi. “The increasing importance of legal technology, coping with the increased volume and complexity of information and meeting changing client and leadership expectations. But even as they recognize those trends, just 36 percent or fewer lawyers believe their organization is very prepared to keep pace with any of these trends.”

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Wolters Kluwer Future Ready Lawyer Report

Here are some key takeaways from the Future Ready Lawyer Report:

  • 77 percent of respondents said coping with compliance areas like environmental, social and governance (ESG) and data privacy create pressure. Fifty-six (56) percent of corporate lawyers and 45 percent of law firm attorneys report increased demands for ESG guidance over the past year. Most say their firms aren’t fully prepared to deal with it.
  • In corporate legal departments, 84 percent report greater use of contract staff, non-legal staff and alternative legal service providers.
  • In law firms, 81 percent are using more third-party or outsourced resources, 78 percent are using more non-legal staff, and 77 percent say clients are increasingly resorting to client self-service.
  • Law firms that fully embrace technology are more profitable than those that don’t. Sixty-three percent of tech-leading firms saw higher profits last year, as opposed to 46 percent of other firms.
  • The most important law firm technologies are document management, cybersecurity applications, encryption tools and digital court proceedings.
  • Eighty-six (86) percent of corporate lawyers and 70 percent of law firm attorneys say the Great Resignation of the past few years has had at least a somewhat significant impact.
  • Seventy (70) percent of corporate lawyers and 58 percent of law firm attorneys say they are very or somewhat likely to leave their current position in the next year.

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About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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