Empowering Legal Innovation through Low-code technology
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
In the world of law, where precision, accuracy, and efficiency are paramount, the adoption of technology has been a gradual and in certain cases a painful transformative journey for firms. Legal professionals have traditionally relied on painstaking manual processes, voluminous paperwork, and complex documentation. These complex processes have been replicated by traditional legal tech providers focussing on the “as is” rather than realising the benefits of technology. However, a new paradigm is emerging—one that promises to revolutionize the digital adoption in the legal industry. This paradigm is known as low-code development.
The Power of Low-Code
Low-code technology is the connective tissue of a digital enterprise. Innovative law firms are already looking ahead to a connected future in which low-code platforms powered by the adoption and convergence of emerging technologies can unify front, middle and back-office functions.
Low-code development technologies have gained significant traction across various industries due to their ability to democratize application development. These platforms enable users to create software solutions with minimal coding, making the development process more accessible, efficient, and agile.
Low-code markets have grown due to remote/hybrid work accelerated by the COVID pandemic. In fact, they have more or less exploded, The global low-code platform market is projected to grow over the next 3 years with a CAGR of 26.1 percent. According to Gartner by 2024, 65% of all application development will be delivered with low code.
In the legal industry, low-code offers an innovation agenda with a multitude of benefits that are reshaping the way legal professionals operate, collaborate, and serve their clients. Let’s explore some of the ways low-code development is shaping the legal sector:
Low-code Case Management: Low-code solutions empower legal professionals to streamline case management processes. From case intake and document management to task assignments and communication tracking, low-code platforms provide a comprehensive suite of tools that optimizes the management of legal cases. It offers legal firms an efficient and cost- effective way to completely automate high volume, low margin cases and to gain a competitive edge without the costs and limitations of traditional software.
Workflow Automation: In a field where repetitive tasks and workflows are common, low-code platforms offer the ability to automate and orchestrate these processes effortlessly. Law firms can automate business processes such as Prospect to Client, Instruction to Matter, Matter to Cash, including some of the shared services and HR related workflows such as Hire to Retire, Knowledge management, employees & vendor onboarding, starters movers, leavers and other compliance and regulatory required workflows, thus reducing the risk of human error, improving team productivity, and freeing up lawyer’s time for more strategic work.
Generative AI: Low-code technologies themselves have in built generative AI capabilities to enable developer productivity by up to 90%. Low-code can also integrate to various private and public AI models and applications to help legal professionals increase efficiency, improve decision making and streamline various aspects of their work such as document automation, legal research, legal chatbots, contract review, compliance and regulatory assistance.
Cost Efficiency: Developing custom software solutions from scratch can be costly and time-consuming. Low-code platforms provide quicker ROI, significantly reduces development costs, cycle time to implement solutions and overall TCO, making automation and digitization more accessible to law firms of all sizes.
Client-Centric Solutions: Legal case management solutions built on low-code platforms can be highly customizable to meet the specific needs of clients and cases. You can configure the unique customer requirements that differentiates your business and how you serve your customers. This flexibility allows law firms to provide more personalized and responsive services, enhancing client satisfaction and loyalty in a highly competitive market.
Hybrid Work Enablement: The post pandemic era has accelerated the adoption of hybrid and remote working in the legal industry. Multi-experience Low-code platforms facilitate remote collaboration, enabling legal professionals to work from anywhere and in any device while maintaining seamless communication and access to case information.
Compliance, Risk and Security: Compliance with regulations and data security are paramount in the legal sector. Low-code platforms offer robust security features while ensuring that sensitive legal data remains protected and adheres to industry-specific compliance standards. Low-code solutions provide flexibility to tailor risk management applications to specific organizations needs and industry requirements. They empower organizations to take a proactive approach to risk management and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.
Innovation and Agility: The legal landscape is constantly evolving, and law firms must stay agile to remain competitive. Low-code platforms provides empowerment and agility in a way that allows law firms to quickly pivot to changing requirements and emerging technologies, ensuring that legal professionals are always at the forefront of innovation.
Embracing the Future of Law
As we look to the future, it’s evident that low-code development will continue to transform the legal industry. Legal professionals will increasingly rely on low-code platforms to drive efficiency, innovation, and client-centricity. The days of sticking to “that’s the way we have always done it” drowning in paperwork and drowning in inefficiency are giving way to a new era of legal practice—one where technology, in the form of low-code development, empowers legal professionals to deliver their services with an unmatched agility, precision and improved customer experience.
The legal industry as a whole is on the cusp of a technological revolution. The time has come for legal thought leaders to champion this transformation, embracing low-code technology as a catalyst for change in the legal profession. The future of law has arrived, and it’s powered by low-code innovation.