The professions on the brink of “uberisation”
China: Legal assistance via platforms.
Dr. Sch.-W. – 11/2019
The change taking place in the world of
work does not stop at high-profile jobs. Medical or legal services to be
offered via an online platform? In Western Europe, this is still nothing more
than a footnote. It is vividly expounded in a study by Yao Yao, University of
Toronto, that this is not bound to stay that way. As stated in the study, legal
experts in China tend ever more to win customers via electronic platforms and
deliver their legal expertise over this channel.
There is more than one driver
of this development including those we know from other platforms: greater
flexibility for all stakeholders, greater - and especially downward -
elasticity of fees, and particularly the opportunity to bring together market
players over long distances. This will help deal with legal matters of little
value in litigation or with those of the poorer population strata who otherwise
would not have any access to a lawyer. This being said, outsourcing of
entrepreneurial legal services to an anonymous mass of legal experts is being
simplified. Unfortunately, no perceivable consequences have so far been drawn
in favour of social protection.
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