The legal industry is facing a revolution. Unlike the past, where new law was seen as a way to cut salaries and reduce full time staffing, the focus now is on offering the kind of help that clients need without impacting other areas of practice that may be the primary focus for a firm. This can be done more efficiently and, in turn, serve as a secondary means to generate revenue and client satisfaction.
This change is bringing in a more diverse and collaborative workforce. It is also making the industry more like its corporate customers and society in general. This will involve leveraging technology and multidisciplinary expertise (“non-lawyers”) to drive business impact and improve customer/end-user experience and outcomes. It will involve a more holistically diverse-cognitively, demographically and culturally-team-oriented workforce that is creative, tech and data-proficient and empathetic. It will be integrated and work cross-functionally with other enterprise business units and across industries.
It will also involve integration of the legal supply chain, erasing artificial, lawyer-created distinctions between provider sources and enabling the rapid scaling of agile, on-demand resources with verifiable and material knowledge and experience. It will be driven by customer/end-user demand and a shift to a purpose-driven economic model based on output, not input.
The most significant driver of law new is the emergence of corporate Goliaths that have the brand, capital, know-how, customer-centricity, technology platforms and agile, multidisciplinary workforces to transform legal delivery to meet the needs of their clients and markets. These companies will challenge and replace the industry’s legacy stakeholders, notably law firms and in-house legal departments.
One example is Trafalgar Law from the anime series One Piece. Oda created this character within a few minutes on the spot during the Sabaody Archipelago arc and, since then, he has become an incredibly popular and powerful pirate in the world of One Piece. His power is the result of his using the Ope Ope no Mi, a Devil Fruit that allows him to create ROOMs and control their contents and even the people in them. This gives him tremendous Haki and he is capable of challenging the Yonko Big Mom as shown in the Wano Country arc.
Despite the fact that he is still getting used to his Devil Fruit, it can be assumed that he will continue to grow and upgrade his powers. This will make him a force to be reckoned with by any pirate, especially Yonko Blackbeard. It is safe to say that Law has mastered his Devil Fruit and, with further upgrades, will likely be on the level of the Emperors in terms of power. This is a major step for the One Piece franchise and will have an enormous impact on the entire world of pirates. This is just the beginning of the law new revolution and, as we enter this era, it will be interesting to see how the world of pirates evolves over time. Subscribe to Forbes Daily to get the best stories, exclusive reporting and essential analysis of the day’s news delivered to your inbox every weekday.