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The future of law - When the practice of law meets the business of law

The rise of alternate legal service providers (notably the entry of the Big Four audit firms) spells huge challenges - and opportunities - for the legal profession.

A view of Singapore's Supreme Court; the lawyer today - and in the future - must be a craftsman who knows not only the trade but also which tools to apply. This means deconstructing workflows and thinking processes and redesigning them with the help of new mindsets, technologies and non-legal professionals.

WHEN I walked into my first law firm about 15 years ago, legal practice was equated with legal knowledge. Since that time, I have walked through many swanky doors at the world's leading law firms in the UK and US, and the message has remained constant whether you are in Singapore, London or New...