The link below is to an interesting blog by Jeremy Hopkins, an eminently sensible observer of the legal market.
I accept the critique about the breathless legal sector commentariat - of which I am part - but I do try and keep a sense of proportion.
I have written before that despite 600-odd ABSs and all the other developments covered on Legal Futures in the last six years, we have yet to see what I call the 'Dyson moment', when somebody comes along (as James Dyson did with hand-dryers) and produces a product or service that is very different to what has been the norm for decades.
The moment I'm really waiting for is a new approach that opens up access to justice for those traditionally unable or unwilling to do so. The lawyer-free online court being mulled over by Lord Justice Briggs may well be part of this.
So Jeremy is right in what he says - the game doesn't change overnight. You need to take the long view to appreciate just how much has changed, rather than scoff because there hasn't been a big bang. Just 15 years ago the idea of non-lawyer partners was virtually unthinkable - now it's commonplace and of little note.
Whenever I give talks about this, I always finish by quoting Bill Gates, who said that less happens in two years and more happens in 10 years than you might think. The legal market proves the point.
For all the well-versed and not insubstantial shifts in market dynamic, the pace of change on the ground is fairly steady and unexceptional. There is no doubt that the more successful alternative providers – many have failed – have taken a clearly discernible foothold in certain parts of the market, catalysing the changes in behaviour from increasingly enlightened and sophisticated buyers. But this in turn is prompting notable reaction from the more traditional law firms. This reaction does not manifest itself in the headline-grabbing labels often given to the structures and ideas of the self-styled innovative disruptors. It does so in the less easy to capture form of incremental change.