I think this is so true, even beyond the legal sectors of the Middle East. Given the rate at which technology has advanced, and continues to do so, one might perhaps forgive a short lag in the uptake of technology, but nothing like the extent to which traditional law firms are falling behind.
Actually, if you consider where technology has taken other sectors - even where technology is now proven to be capable of taking law - I'd go further than the key tagline here and suggest that too many law firms are living in the age of George Jetson, while still driving around in Fred Flintstone's car.
More than half of legal professionals based in the Middle East believe their firm's use of technology is no better than 'fair', according to a new survey of in-house and private practice lawyers in the region. The Legal Week Intelligence and Thomson Reuters report...states that that 53% of respondents said their firm's adoption of legal technology was 'fair', 'poor' or 'very poor'. Slightly more than a third said the uptake was 'good', while only 12% of respondents said it was ‘very good'. "They have first-world ambitions with third-world systems," said John Paravalos, managing director at insight UAE, a business management consultancy. "A lot of local law firms operate around a decade behind firms in the US, Europe or Australia."