Robots to dent legal workforce

According to research published this week by the Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, robots could significantly reduce the number of workers employed in the legal services in the next seven years. Analysis found that the total number of those working in legal services could fall by over 10% from its present figure of about 321,000, with secretaries and administrative staff the main group in the line of fire for redundancy. It predicts that four core areas are ripe for technology: automated review of legal in advance of litigation; the scanning of documents; the use of natural-language processing to make legal research more efficient; and the use of machine learning to research large amounts of data.

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