Firms go surfing

The Internet has arrived for lawyers, according to a survey carried out by The Lawyer. Unlike earlier responses to technological innovations, the legal profession has reacted very favourably to the Internet. Indeed, almost two thirds of respondents thought the Internet played a valuable role in the profession.

It is good news that lawyers are keeping up to date on information technology – solicitors' practices have been viewed as out of touch and technologically illiterate for too long.

Further, lawyers have clear opinions on how they want to use the Internet. While Web sites may drum up little business for firms, putting one together actually gives the firm a focus and makes it feel confident that it is forging ahead on the technology front. For smaller firms, a presence on the Internet need not cost a fortune and may provide extra marketing opportunities.