This week The Sunday Times' Oliver Shah has looked into the potential impact of automation on the legal profession. 

This followed the news that Trinova Real Estate turned down an attractive property deal because the office block was leased to a regional law firm. Trinova was concerned about the threat of automation to the legal profession, saying it wasn't certain that law firms in their current guise would even exist in 15 years' time, because of the rise of artificial intelligence. 

For further insight into how new technology may affect the legal profession, take a look at our Recruitment to Robots report, based on a survey of the top 200 UK law firms. Its findings show that law firms see investment in technology as having the best prospects of boosting their profitability.