What will the practice of law look like in the “gig” economy of the future and how will that impact legal business structures and ethical considerations? – Olayanju Phillips
‘The time has come for lawyers to ask themselves the question, ‘What business are we in?’ As the year 2000 approaches, the answer to this question may no longer be a simple one for many lawyers and the firms in which they work. Many lawyers today might find that traditional definitions of ‘lawyering’ no longer fit either their own activities or the demands that their clients place upon them.’
Until recently, the practice of law took place in law firms. Every firm had to have, as a basic necessity, a meeting or conference room for meetings with clients and a sturdy library for legal research. The practice of law was serious work. It was sacrilegious for non-lawyers to carry on the practice of law, or for lawyers to practice their profession through the internet. It was even more contemptible to the dignity of the profession to practice law as a “gig”. The idea of describing the hallowed ministration in the temple of justice as a gig was despicable, at the very least.