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A great few days 5-6 April 2018 at the inaugural TechLaw.Fest #TLF18 organised by the Singapore Academy of Law, ending with speaking on the panel "Legal Issues in Legal Tech". Joined by the dynamic fellow panelists from a law firm's tech arm, an MNC, two legal tech startups, and the excellent and organised moderator (from the Government), it was a ride that went into a wide-ranging discussion of Section 33 of the Legal Profession Act and what it means to be regulated as a lawyer, the distinction between legal advice and business advice, liability for legal information services and templates, lawyers' MS Word and typewriters, and finally how lawyers can adapt to change while bearing in mind their professional obligations, including the possibilities of practicing law differently.
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Legal Issues in Legal Tech
The Legal Tech Vision maps the universe of Legal Tech into three broad categories. There is a baseline of office automation, communications and productivity software that all modern businesses use, including law firms and legal departments. There is a second category of Legal Tech solutions that are essentially software tools that are designed to assist lawyers in the delivery of their professional services. The third category of Legal Tech solutions start to provide legal information services to clients. As lawyers rely more heavily on technologies to deliver professional services, for example the use of AI in the review of documents and conduct of due diligence, how will this affect their professional responsibilities to clients?
What is the impact when technology shortens the runway for the training of young professionals. But the benefits of technology cannot be denied, particularly from the in-house perspective where solutions to manage templates and monitor compliance alleviate the pressures on a lean legal department. As clients have access to legal information services, how viable are these as a substitute for professional legal advice? This panel will discuss the legal and regulatory issues and broader impact of disruption to the legal services sector."
Zee Kin Yeong
Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation and Protection), IMDA
Deputy Commissioner, PDPC
Partner, Head of Technology Media and Telecoms Practice
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
Kwong Weng Wan
Head, Group Corporate Services & Group General Counsel
Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
Chief of Staff & General Counsel