The legal profession is expected to see an overhaul in work practices in the long term according to current industry estimates.
In a recently conducted survey by Thomson Reuters, senior practitioners from law firms across the board expected to see changes in the way the industry will function over the next 30 years.
The Future of Law survey, which polled 100 respondents from firms having 20 to 250 lawyers, predicted a trend of increased specialisation over the years. More than half of the respondents saw their firms gearing towards greater specialisation in the years up to 2044.
The survey also found that flexible work practices would be more prevalent in the future. Rather than having to work from an office all day, nearly half of the respondents predicted between 50 – 75% of their staff positioned in flexible arrangements by 2044, pointing to an increasing sense of adaptability in the law industry that has otherwise been less approving of changes to traditional structures.