Here’s what’s trending in the legal industry: (1) law firms struggle to compete with alternative legal service providers, (2) 6 skills to get an in-house position, (3) law department workloads are increasing, (4) how not to piss off clients, (5) take advantage of any opportunity to grow, and much more!
Last month, Axiom, an alternative legal service provider, filed a draft registration statement with the SEC to hold an initial public offering of shares of stock. This is a big deal in the legal industry. Law firms are not able to be publicly traded in the U.S. as ethical rules prohibit ownership of a law firm by non-lawyers. This limits the ability of law firms to raise capital. The ability of an alternative legal service provider to raise capital by selling its shares of stock on stock exchange is a real competitive advantage.
Innovation in the legal industry isn’t limited to just technology. It takes many forms. A recent post by Roy Strom in the American Lawyer titled “Are Lawyers Ready to be Managed by Metrics?” and our April 3rd Nimble Legal Innovation Forum in Cleveland got me thinking about all the different ways innovation is taking hold in the legal industry. There will always be detractors because as Roy Strom wrote the “Legal Industry is painfully slow to adopt major changes, and lawyers often say work can’t be easily categorized or simplified.” The reality is major change is happening right in front of us and if you’re not paying attention you’ll get passed by. Here are 5 forms of Legal Innovation:
Law firms are increasingly turning to alternative legal service providers (or law companies) for strategic business reasons according to a new report by Thomson Reuters “Alternative Legal Service Providers 2019: Fast Growth, Expanding Use and Increasing Opportunity”.