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Barriers for India’s Legal Technology awakening

  • Published
    26th Aug, 2023

Context:

There is an estimation of increase in LegalTech's growth to 69.7 billion dollars by 2032, led by US and Europe, while Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries faces challenges and declining growth in terms of Technology inclusion.

LegalTech industry in India

  • Challenge for Legal Industry and Technological Shift: LegalTech's growth in India faces resistance due to traditional methods, hindering innovation adoption.
  • Dual Perception among Professionals: Survey reveals acknowledgment of LegalTech's significance but reluctance to embrace due to time constraints.
  • Innovation vs. Billable Hours: Balancing learning new methods with chargeable work hours poses a barrier to LegalTech integration in practice.

Challenges of Technology

  • Technical Constraints in LegalTech: Simon Chester (a pioneer in applying LegalTech in the practice of law) highlights legal complexity and data access issues as key hurdles to effective LegalTech implementation.
  • Data Access and Privacy Concerns: Limited data access hampers machine learning's potential; cybersecurity threats demand a security-aware legal culture.
  • Data Breach Challenges: Legal ecosystem grapples with uncertain breaches, hindering swift response; identifying breach sources requires resources and expertise.

Way forward

  • Customization vs. Standardization: Lack of industry standard poses challenge for law firms to choose suitable LegalTech tools. There is a need for standardization.
  • Strategic Selection over One-Size-Fits-All: Law firms should identify specific needs, avoiding complicated tools; industry tailored solutions needed.
  • Overcoming Barriers for Progress: Despite obstacles, legal tech integration depends on innovation, awareness, and education fostering tech-friendly legal practices.
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