An empirical study of lawyers’ capability to adapt to disruption in Queensland, Australia

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Timoshanko, Aaron, Hart, Caroline, Bartlett, Francesca, Murray, Angus and Perry-Petersen, Andrea. 2024. "An empirical study of lawyers’ capability to adapt to disruption in Queensland, Australia." International Journal of the Legal Profession. 31 (1), pp. 83-110. https://doi.org/10.1080/09695958.2023.2295365
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An empirical study of lawyers’ capability to adapt to disruption in Queensland, Australia

ERA Journal ID33443
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsTimoshanko, Aaron, Hart, Caroline, Bartlett, Francesca, Murray, Angus and Perry-Petersen, Andrea
Journal TitleInternational Journal of the Legal Profession
Journal Citation31 (1), pp. 83-110
Number of Pages28
Year2024
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0969-5958
1469-9257
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09695958.2023.2295365
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09695958.2023.2295365
Abstract

An online survey of 261 Queensland legal practitioners working in sole, micro, small or medium-sized law firms provides valuable insights into their capability to successfully navigate disruption like that experienced during COVID-19. Our results indicated that respondent lawyers demonstrated progressiveness, openness and willingness to engage with innovative approaches, including technology, to build greater capacity within their firms. However, the results from the research identified several overlapping challenges faced by respondents that reduced their capability to adapt to disruption, including being time-poor and difficulty obtaining impartial and trustworthy information and training about emerging forms of disruption.

Keywordslegal profession, disruption, technology, COVID, empirical research
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480505. Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law and Justice
University of Queensland
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