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September 10, 2019
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The Cyprus Legal Conference

Kyriacos Kourtellos attended the inaugural Cyprus Legal Conference on 10 September 2019 at Hilton Park Hotel in Nicosia, Cyprus. The conference addressed the future of law firms as well as the modernisation and digitization of their processes. In particular, the presentation concerning the clientele of the future was very insightful, given that law firms’ clients today are more demanding, knowledgeable and price-sensitive than the past. These changes raise the bar and significant challenges for traditional working practices that still bill clients based on time spent. The conference’s presentations mostly revolved around technology and its impact on the legal industry. However, it ultimately boils down to the relevant skillset of the professionals involved, and not robots as such taking over the work of lawyers, at least not any time soon. Of course technology complements operational processes and law firms must quickly adapt to the Digital Age. The delivery of legal services using automation will undoubtedly help lawyers provide better quality – much faster and cheaper. Needless to say also that adapting and evolving technologically without compromising law firms’ integrity and ethical standards is of utmost importance. Hence, law firms should tread with caution in attracting clients whilst adhering to ethical and judicial rules and regulations.

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