Web 2.0: A brave new world wide web

Posted on May 16, 2008. Filed under: Web 2.0 | Tags: , , |

Here’s an interesting and timely article from The Lawyers Weekly: Web 2.0: A brave new world wide web.

Bottom line? Web 2.0 is going to “shake up the legal landscape”. You don’t say?

From the article:

With the advent of Web 2.0, we are witnessing the expansion of the web as a platform for social networking, online collaboration and user generated content. Fundamentally, these developments will shake up the legal landscape: how lawyers get work, the way they work and where they work from. For evidence, turn to these three recent ventures which embody the essence of Web 2.0: (1) Legal OnRamp (www.LegalOnRamp.com); (2) Avvo (www.Avvo.com); and, (3) Legalwise (www.legalwise.ca)…

Web 2.0 offers both promises and perils for the legal profession. Many jobs will disappear. Others will be displaced offshore. New skill sets will have to be acquired. Nobody should fear this brave new world wide web. To adapt to this new environment, consider these pointers: First, if legal work can be outsourced for significantly less money without lowering quality or raising legal concerns, it probably will be. Potential cost savings are just too great to ignore. Second, be prepared to share basic, generic legal advice in order to attract and retain clients who will pay for tailored legal advice. Bottom line: give a little, get a little. Third, the rewards of Web 2.0 will most likely be reaped by lawyers and law firms that master the art of working together while working apart.

Nicole Black

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