ElectroLinks: Magic Circle firm Linklaters has introduced digital training contract offers

October 12, 2019

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What's going on here?

Linklaters has started using digital training contract offers in a wider effort towards redesigning legal documents.

What does this mean?

As part of Linklaters’ overarching digital innovation strategy, the firm has released an example of what its new digital training contract offers look like. Legal design agency, Observ, worked together with its Graduate Recruitment and Innovation teams to produce these digital contracts.

Instead of the traditional document, the employment letter is now entirely digitised. Unlike previous protocol, new recruits need not print out and scan the form anymore. The letter also aims to make information more streamlined and accessible, grouping information using symbols and colours. 

At present, the firm reports an overwhelmingly positive response to these offer letters and hopes to expand its use of such technology to better serve its clients.

Why should law firms care?

This recent development is indicative of a wider trend amongst law firms towards the use of technology to enhance their working processes, communication and client services. Linklaters’ progress not only represents the firm’s efforts in maintaining its reputation for innovation, but also demonstrates the possibilities through which technology may be integrated with legal services. 

Arguably, this is an indicator that legal design theory can, and should, be implemented in practice to the benefit of both law firms and their clients. This could make way for future developments in how client contracts and other legal documents are presented, creating more streamlined ways to communicate such information and enabling improved client comprehension on the whole. Indeed, it can already be seen that technology is becoming increasingly used in streamlining legal documents as the Law Commission recently confirmed that electronic signatures are legally valid (check out our report on that here).

Beyond this, digital contracts offer another solution for firms to visually distinguish their brand. By standing out in this manner, firms signify their commitment to adaptability and a forward-thinking mindset. This will instil confidence in clients, as it shows that the firm is capable of meeting their changing business requirements. 

While the legal industry may have been slower than other disciplines in its adoption of new technology, this recent development at Linklaters is a promising sign for the future. Digital versatility must be prioritised if firms desire to retain talent and keep up with an evolving commercial world.

Report written by Debra Lim

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