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The State of Play on Disruptive Innovations in Law

  • 13 Oct 2011
  • 18:00
  • Minter Ellison

This seminar by Darryl Mountain will look at the theory of disruptive innovations as set out in Clayton Christensen's book "The Innovator's Dilemma" and his subsequent books. It will discuss the extent to which this theory applies to the legal services market and review some current examples of disruption in the legal industry, such as LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer. This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in law firm business models and the impact that new innovations in document assembly and other technologies will have on them.

Darryl will:

  • summarise the theory of disruptive innovations as set out in Clayton Christensen's book, "The Innovator's Dilemma" and his subsequent books.
  • Discuss the extent to which this theory applies to the legal services market.
  • Describe the evolution in his thinking about the subject, from his first article on it to the present.
  • Review current examples of disruption in the legal industry, such as LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer.

 

Darryl Mountain is a lawyer and document assembly software consultant who has recently relocated from Vancouver to Sydney. Darryl is an active participant in the eLawyering Task Force of the American Bar Association, which examines and responds to the ways in which the practice of law is changing in the Internet age. He has had a number of journal articles published on legal technology topics, including disruptive innovations in law. He writes a column for slaw.ca, Canada's online legal magazine, and continues to work on projects involving legal document assembly and the Internet.

Darryl's journal articles include the following: "Could New Technologies Cause Great Law Firms to Fail?", 2001 (1) The Journal of Information, Law & Technology "Disrupting Conventional Law Firm Business Models using Document Assembly", International Journal of Law & Information Technology (Oxford) 2006; "An Update and Reconsideration of Chrissy Burns' "Online Legal Services--A Revolution that Failed?", European Journal of Law and Technology, 2010(3).


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