The changing landscape for lawyers has raised some concern, maybe even panic, among the legal fraternity. Lawyers are trying to find out what the future holds for them.
One of the thought leaders in the legal industry is Richard Susskind who has been very accurately predicting the development and challenges of this industry. In his latest book, Richard claims that legal institutions and lawyers are poised to change more radically over the next two decades than they have over the last two centuries. The future of legal service will be a world of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditized service, legal process outsourcing, and web-based simulated practice. Legal markets will be liberalized, with new jobs, and new employers, for lawyers.
Fondia is a law firm from this century. We have been combining the best parts of in-house and external legal services, looking for new opportunities and inviting customers to develop our services for them. In the last six years we have grown from 1 million euro revenue to ten million last year. We’ve launched pioneering e-tools for more efficient management of legal affairs together with several productized services, of which our fixed-priced (150 or 500 euro/month) legal support for small start-up companies is a great example. Our legal department service provides a combination of in-house legal service with the best parts of external counseling, delivering excellent quality proactive legal services to companies who do not need or want to hire a whole in-house counsel. With a fixed monthly fee you can buy e.g. services corresponding to '20% of a lawyer'.