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The case for low-code / no-code in legal

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Time-heavy manual and administrative tasks are diminishing service levels.

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22% of law firms are losing clients -and talent- to firms using software automation.

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Tech-savvy legal teams are boosting revenue with innovative apps and services.

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Legal tech: innovation in a traditional sector

The legal industry is at a pivotal point. Legal companies and departments lagging behind in their digital transformation are losing clients to their tech-savy competitors and innovative legal-tech companies. It’s not that legal professionals aren’t capable of innovation - quite the contrary. The legal industry is full of people driven to find innovative solutions, provide top-notch service to their clients, and support the professions as a whole.

According to Gartner, we can expect an increase of legal technology spend to approximately 12% of in-house budgets by 2025, a threefold increase from 2020 levels. Innovative in-house departments -and law firms- are using legal tech to improve business processes, business outcomes, and the service they offer to their clients. From automation to machine learning and artificial intelligence, leading firms are now using custom software to innovate in a largely traditional profession.

Why is the legal industry going digital?

A shift in focus

The legal market today faces many challenges in this digital age, with perhaps the biggest being client pressure on legal services.

To meet client expectations, organizations are beginning to shift their focus outward, from internal measures of success such as hours billed to customer satisfaction and business outcomes.

It's impossible to provide the service clients expect if legal professionals are held back by inefficient legacy systems, time-consuming manual processes, and a general lack of innovation.

Issue's at a glance

  • Growing workloads and time-heavy manual and administrative tasks diminish service levels.
  • Highly skilled legal professionals are spending too much time on repetitive tasks.
  • Innovative legal organizations are stealing clients and talent through the usage of technology.
  • Over-dependence on IT departments slows down innovation.

What does this change look like?

Increasing client pressure

In today’s market, the organizations implementing digital transformation strategies are the ones responding appropriately to the needs and expectations of today’s consumers. In a digital world, customers want answers, products, value — and they want everything now. Clients of law firms are becoming increasingly tech-savvy. They realize that technology can get the job done faster — and therefore at a lower cost — than the outdated processes many firms still cling to.


The war on talent

Not only is there a fight for clients in today’s market, but also for talent. With the fierce competition, law firms and legal departments have to do their best to attract new- and retain existing employees. Legal professionals who are held back and restricted by the digital maturity of a firm are unlikely to stay for long. On the contrary, those who are empowered with the right tools to facilitate their work and provide the best client offer won’t leave their jobs quickly.


The route to digital innovation

Clearly there is a pressing need for digital innovation within the legal sector. However, as the demand for software increases, the means to create it decreases. Our reliance on technology is growing exponentially, and we’re not producing the programmers needed to develop it at an equal rate.

So what is a sustainable and efficient strategy for digital innovation in the legal industry? Legal companies should invest their tech budgets into the knowledge and expertise of their existing workforce. It is the law firm and its workforce itself that should be gaining familiarity with, and even independently building, new technologies. The perfect way to do this? Using low-code / no-code development to empower legal professionals to participate in the customization and implementation of legal solutions.

“There’s a lot under the hood which makes our work much easier and faster. A standardized back-end across the entire business and we’re not reliant on designers to polish our user interfaces.”

Al-Hounsell Al Hounsell, Senior Innovation Lawyer
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Future readiness and resilience in the legal sector

Legal professionals are highly skilled and their time is valuable. By using legal tech to automate processes, these professionals can focus on providing the best possible service to clients, instead of spending hours on simple, repetitive tasks. Wolters Kluwer examines the future-readiness and resilience in the legal sector with insights from legal professionals across the United States and Europe. We have visualized some of the outcomes that are related to legal tech.

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Increasing importance of legal technology

"76% of legal professionals state that the increasing importance of Legal Tech will be the biggest trend to impact their organizations over the next three years ... whilst only 28% are ready"

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Legal tech is vital for meeting client expectations

"81% of corporate legal departments will require prospective law firms to describe their technology use to be more productive and efficient – nearly double the rate of 41% asked in 2020"

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Leaders report the highest profits

"62% of Legal Tech Leaders report that their profitability increased over the prior year, compared to 39% for Transitioning and 17% for Trailing firms"

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Norton Rose Fulbright's Case:
From 30 hours to 30 minutes with legal tech and no-code

Leading Law Firm Norton Rose Fulbright has accelerated digital innovation with Betty Blocks. The law firm's innovation manager opted to use the platform to achieve four key goals:
With these goals in mind, the innovation manager and his team went on to build 25 apps using Betty Blocks’ low-code no-code platform — consisting of both apps that improve internal processes and client-facing apps.

Reducing a 30-hour process to 30 minutes, and saving at least one full week of development time, the law firm was able to achieve: applications that integrate with multiple web services, a back-end that handles vast amounts of data effortlessly and securely with no "time-lag", a standardized back-end across the entire firm, and updates deployed 5-10 times faster than with non-cloud-based applications.
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Why no-code over traditional coding for app development in legal?

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With Betty Blocks' drag-and-drop interface, law professionals can now contribute to building innovative software solutions. Read more about citizen development here.

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More about innovation in the legal industry

To read more about how software is enabling law firms and corporate legal teams to tackle their challenges and drive innovation, check out our whitepaper, No-Code on Trial: The Case for Digital Transformation in the Legal Profession