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LawSync: Navigating the ‘Blue Oceans’ Within the ‘Emerging’ Legal Services Markets

  • Pete Smith, Richard Whittle and Peter Griffith


Change, it is said, is the only constant. Whilst it cannot be avoided, the worlds of legal education and legal services have arguably enjoyed an extended period where the impact of change has been comparatively minimal. Today, these worlds face significant changes due to a combination of market and regulatory forces. True, such changes are likely to be accompanied by challenges but with these challenges come opportunities. There is no reason why Law Schools and Law students cannot help to shape these changes and benefit from them. Peter Smith, Richard Whittle and Peter Griffith discuss LawSync™, a project that seeks to enable such influence and attract such benefits at Sheffield Hallam University. See and for more details.



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7 See Susskind, R (2010) Legal informatics – a personal appraisal of context and progress. European journal of law and technology 1(1). Online at

8 For an interesting blog post by Stephen Allen highlighting the likely importance of what he terms ‘Professional Quotient’ in such the ‘legal industry’ that is likely to replace the legal profession see:

9 Kimbro, S (2012) Regulatory barriers to the growth of multijurisdictional virtual law firms and potential first steps to their removal. North Carolina journal of law & technology 13, 165–225, pp 175177

11 Regulation (EC) no 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004, establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 295/91.

13 See for example Huxley-Binns, R (2011) What is the “Q” for? The Law Teacher 45(3), 294309

14 See Discussion Paper 01/2012, ‘Key Issues (1): Call for Evidence’, Legal Education Training Review at para 100.

15 See for more information on KIS.

17 ibid

19 DeStephano, K (2012) Non-lawyers influencing lawyers: too many cooks in the kitchen or stone soup? Fordham Law Review 80, 27912845.

23 See for details of Katz's work at the 21st Century Law Practice Summer School and Law Tech Camp London 2012.

27 Ajaz Ahmed of Legal 365 made this point at Law Tech Camp London 2012.


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  • Pete Smith, Richard Whittle and Peter Griffith


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