Legal field to be most affected by e-discovery, globalization in next five years, survey shows



    TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Technology changes everything. When asked
recently what they felt would have the biggest impact on the practice of law
over the next five years, one in four (25 per cent) lawyers polled said
electronic discovery (e-discovery). Globalization followed closely, cited by
23 per cent of lawyers surveyed.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service
specializing in the placement of lawyers, law clerks, paralegals and other
highly skilled legal professionals, and conducted by an independent research
firm. The survey is based on telephone interviews with 300 randomly selected
lawyers from the largest law firms and corporations in the United States and
Canada.
    Lawyers were asked, "Which one of the following will have the biggest
impact on the practice of law in the next five years?" Their responses:

    
           Electronic discovery........................  25%
           Globalization/international expansion.......  23%
           Demographic shifts..........................  17%
           Corporate and regulatory issues.............  17%
           Privacy/security issues.....................   8%
           Other.......................................   1%
           Don't know..................................   8%
           Refused.....................................   1%
                                                        ----
                                                        100%
    

    "Changes to document retention and e-discovery rules have placed greater
demands on companies," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half
Legal. "To prepare for litigation, legal teams must review massive amounts of
material in short periods of time and determine relevancy to the case. The
complexity and cost of the task, coupled with the associated information
technology and human resources needs, make this a challenge."
    Globalization is also affecting the practice of law, Volkert noted. "As
companies continue to expand internationally, lawyers have to adapt to working
across borders and in multiple jurisdictions. Multinational law practices
should understand the implications of business decisions locally as well as in
other countries where their clients operate."

    About Robert Half Legal

    Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of Robert Half
International. The company provides law firms and corporate legal departments
with highly skilled professionals, including lawyers, law clerks, paralegals
and legal support personnel, on a project and full-time basis. Robert Half
Legal offers online job search services at www.roberthalflegal.com.




For further information:

For further information: To speak with a local expert, contact Robert
Half Legal, Jason Chapman, (416) 365-3153 extension 62070,
jason.chapman@rhi.com


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