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Which issues are having the greatest impact on the practice of law? This Robert Half Legal slideshow provides an overview of four top trends affecting law practice management and legal careers. Visit futurelawoffice.com for more legal research.

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  1. © 2015 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Transforming the Legal Profession Four Top Trends During interviews Robert Half Legal recently conducted with leaders in the legal field for its annual Future Law Office program, one clear consensus emerged: The profession is entering a critical period, and adaptability will be a defining factor of success.
  2. © 2015 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. 2 Heightened Demand for Specialized Expertise More than half (55%) of lawyers surveyed said finding skilled legal professionals is a challenge. ISSUES MAKING THE GREATEST IMPACT ON THE PRACTICE OF LAW:* Corporate governance/regulatory 31% Privacy, data security 22% Globalization 15% *Top three responses shown Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 350 lawyers with the largest law firm and corporations in the United States and Canada futurelawoffice.com
  3. © 2015 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. 3 GCs Taking Center Stage General counsel are playing greater roles in business decision- making as companies address compliance and regulatory demands. Corporate legal departments are taking on more work in-house and retaining five outside law firms, on average, for specialty projects. More than one-third (34%) had retained five or more law firms. *Top three responses shown Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 175 lawyers with the largest corporations in the United States and Canada futurelawoffice.com
  4. © 2015 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. 4 Flexible Workplaces on the Rise 39% of lawyers said the number of telecommuting employees grew in the last 12 months. 16% of lawyers said their firms plan to redesign its office space to accommodate mobile workers. Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 175 lawyers with the largest law firms in the United States and Canada futurelawoffice.com
  5. © 2015 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. 5 Client Service Pressures Mount Evolving client expectations are placing more lawyers in the role of business advisor. Law firms are deploying specialized teams composed of partners, associates and paralegals to better support clients. futurelawoffice.com
  6. © 2015 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. 6 Changing of the Guard 22% of lawyers plan to retire from their law firms within the next five years, yet 41% of firms have no succession plans in place. 59% of lawyers said that working for a small-to- midsize law firm holds the most appeal. Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 175 lawyers with the largest law firms in the United States and Canada futurelawoffice.com
  7. © 2015 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. 7 Big Data Driving eDiscovery Priorities Predictive coding is emerging as a viable resource, but 76% of lawyers have no experience with the technology. Traditional data management alone is no longer effective in eDiscovery. 76% Big data is causing organizations to seek innovative solutions to better manage the eDiscovery process and control costs. Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 175 lawyers with the largest corporations in the United States and Canada futurelawoffice.com
  8. © 2015 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. Transforming the Legal Profession Four Top Trends To download a complimentary copy of the report, or learn more about the Future Law Office research project, visit futurelawoffice.com
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Which issues are having the greatest impact on the practice of law? This Robert Half Legal slideshow provides an overview of four top trends affecting law practice management and legal careers. Visit futurelawoffice.com for more legal research.

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