The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Honourable The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd
Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE, President, SCL
Vote of thanks:
Mark O'Conor, Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP, Chair, SCL
(Please click here to listen to the Lecture)
In 1996, after 15 years of working in computers and law, Richard Susskind published his fourth book – The Future of Law. In that book, he offered a 20-year set of predictions about the way in which IT would change the practice of law and the administration of justice. That same year, he summarised his thinking in the Annual SCL Lecture.
In 2006, ten years later, and half-way through the period of his predictions, Richard gave another Annual Lecture. On this second occasion, he reflected on the 10 years that had elapsed and made predictions about the decade ahead.
To complete the trilogy, SCL invited Richard to give the 2016 Annual Lecture. We asked him to assess his original predictions, both those that have come to pass and those that missed the mark, and to discuss the main lessons he has learned. But, more importantly, we also invited him to look forward once again. At a time when online courts look set to become a reality and online legal guidance a commonplace, and when remarkable progress is being made in artificial intelligence and robotics, we asked Richard to provide a new set of predictions.
A pioneer in the field of information technology and law, Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute and President of SCL.
His numerous books include the best-sellers, The End of Lawyers? (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow's Lawyers (OUP, 2013) and The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts (OUP 2015), his work has been translated into more than 10 languages, and he has been invited to speak in over 40 countries.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the SCL Annual Lecture.
See the report of the Annual Lecture "Has the Future Arrived?" here