The term “New Law” has emerged as a way to describe the new approaches and new services that law firms, companies, and startup legal providers are adopting to augment traditional legal service offerings. While the broader meaning of this term is clear, the specifics vary widely from one business to another.
The practice of law is constantly changing and adapting to meet the needs of clients. A number of these changes are being fueled by technology, changing client demands and expectations, and the rise of alternative legal service providers (ALSPs). The emergence of a range of new delivery models is also transforming the way lawyers work with their clients. The new model is called New Law, and it is characterized by different business structures and service models, including legal product platforms that offer on-demand legal products and services, a more flexible workforce that operates across disciplines, and the integration of legal and non-legal functions.
In this article, we explore some of the key trends in New Law and how they are being shaped by the legal industry. We then examine how legal professionals should approach the changing landscape and embrace the opportunities that it offers.
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