How to get lawyers to embracing innovation and change

The legal world seems to be divided. Between those who fearlessly live and breathe innovation so much that change seems to come naturally to them. And those who are more risk averse - viewing innovation and change as something to be cautious around.

However, the nature of the legal world is changing and legal professionals need to move with that. From fears around the future of AI and law to the ever-growing ecosystem of ‘Alternative’ Legal Service Providers (BTW - did you know we’ve started to map this ecosystem? Discover more on

(Related: This great piece from our friends Flex Legal asks ‘Will lawyers be replaced by robots?’)

Lawyers need to embrace innovation and change in this shifting world. But when avoiding risk is something engrained since training, how can you encourage a mindset shift towards innovation and change? We’ve shared some tips from the wider legal community!

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Embracing failure

As perfectionists, lawyers aren’t quick to welcome failure. There’s a culture in legal where mistakes aren’t accepted - which is a whole issue in itself, and if you’d like to hear more about creating a culture where mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities then check out our Embracing Failure box set.

Failure, however, is part of innovation. Get comfortable with failing (and learning!) because it is part of the process. Innovation isn’t about perfection so stop pursuing it and move towards an MVP.

(Related content: What is an MVP? Adam Curphey explains as part of the A - Z of Legal Innovation series)

Similarly, lack of creative confidence is a barrier to innovation for many legal teams. People don’t believe they are creative enough - especially lawyers who are rooted in logic with an aversion to risk. Creativity requires you to put yourself out there and take a risk.

So how do you go about developing creative confidence? Marliese Perks shares these tips:

In moving toward work which is supported by technology, rather than trying to do work which replicates work which technology could do better. - Susan Hackett, CEO at Legal Executive Leadership

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