The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services
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The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services

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This widely acclaimed legal bestseller has provoked a tidal wave of debate within the legal profession, being hailed as an inspiration by some and as heresy by others. Susskind lays down a challenge to all lawyers, and indeed all those in a professional service environment. He urges them to ask themselves, with their hands on their hearts, what elements of their current wo...more
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Published (first published November 20th 2008)
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Phillip Taylor
WARNING! WARNING! THE END IS NIGH!

I’m reminded of Blair’s treacherous mission for Frank Field – “think the unthinkable”. He did and got sacked! Susskind is made of different stuff (I hope) with this rethink on the nature of our legal services.

Academic Susskind has been thinking the unthinkable here, too. It’s worth it after inconclusive attempts by Labour to introduce new packages on legal services, a commission, far too much regulation, and a “push me, pull you” policy on conditional fee agreem...more
Ernest
This book was interesting and thought provoking. Although not for everyone (even not for people in the law), the ideas and concepts discussed will affect both lawyers and those who use lawyers. While I did not agree with everything the author concluded and proposed, the arguments were persuasively put and were as a result of well measured, considered responses.

Particular mention must be made of the fact that the author posted chapters and ideas of the text online as he was writing it, to receiv...more
Jamie
This book just felt very dated to me, a sort of "prediction" mired in obvious observations. I assume that the book was groundbreaking ten years ago, but it felt very flat. I also felt that many of the author's assumptions about technological innovation lacked deeper reflection. What about professionalism? What about maintaining client confidentiality? What about the challenges of maintaining IT staff to support your twelve new platforms? And, the most obvious question to me, how much TIME does a...more
Matt
A controversial and thought-provoking read from the UK. The author condenses his 20 years experience into a critique and vision of the modern legal system. For the entrenched, old-school lawyers the future is bleak. For the modern entrepreneurial practitioner, the future holds a bewildering set of challenges and opportunities. Not every section will apply to folks with different experience and backgrounds. Five stars if the book had provided more up to date, American examples. Of course the exam...more
Thomas C.
I agree that this book was a difficult scholarly read, with more reference to application in UK than the US, however, the issues presented are of major importance, and Susskind poses some very interesting queries that all lawyers need to seriously and carefully consider. My view after reading the book - We must not allow dinosaurs to continue to hold us back!

On the lighter side I did note that being from Scotland he had to reference single malt scotch at least once, notably toward the end of th...more
Ryan
I strongly agree with the thesis Susskind puts forth in this book; namely, that technology will significantly disrupt the legal industry and that most lawyers are not prepared for this change. However, the book itself is a tough read. It's both unnecessarily abstract and verbose. To be really helpful to its intended audience, I believe the book should be more direct, more anecdotal, and more prescriptive.

Again, love the ideas, but the presentation was lacking.
Greg
After seeing Susskind speak a few years ago, I wanted to explore his thinking on how the legal industry is changing toward commoditization of legal service.
Chad
Old ideas. Nothing new to add. This guy is behind the curve when he thinks he is predicting the future.
Nats
Mr Susskind helped my dissertation no end, he actually makes the theory of legal practice easily digesible.
Michael
This book will sell my business... assuming we're both right.
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