"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man" – Elbert Hubbard, American Philosopher.
In recent history, and aside from the gender specific language, the above quote rings true for many professions. This is especially so for the legal profession, which has long considered itself full of extraordinary people who cannot be replaced by "mere machines".
That state of affairs is no longer true. Increasingly, lawyers are unable to consider technology with scepticism and fear, and the brave new world of 2030 will mould a different breed of lawyer.
This paper will consider technological advances that are impacting, or will impact, the legal industry. In particular, it will consider various technologies and the residual role of the lawyer of the future, and how this will influence the day-to-day role of construction lawyers in the year 2030.