Supporting Lawyers via Tech:
Interview with Roman Kaczynski
Roman Kaczynski is a bilingual and bicultural French-Polish lawyer. His knowledge of the French and Polish legal systems allows him to analyze the needs and challenges of lawyers in both countries and apply the right technical solution to solve them.
Roman has always been focused on the future of the profession and has been attentive to trends, particularly with regard to the implementation of new technologies in legal practice. As Roman’s specialty requires the accomplishment of many repetitive tasks and the analysis of a large number of documents, he was able to see how his daily work could be improved. Legal tech therefore quickly became obvious to him.
What do you find particularly fascinating about legal tech?
I see in legal tech a way to revolutionize a profession that has unfortunately evolved very little since its emergence.
The lawyer is increasingly involved in all stages of economic activity. However, this economy is trending towards optimization and digital transformation, which forces lawyers to follow in order to remain in line with their clients’ expectations.
I also see legal tech as a factor in the disruption and redistribution of cards. Indeed, in my opinion, legal tech is a huge opportunity for small and medium-sized law firms. It is they who, through a well-thought-out and successful integration of new tools, can see their workload capacity explode.
This is probably what excites me the most: to see the law market completely reshaped thanks to new technological tools.
Obviously, being passionate about Law, the emergence of these new modes of legal service provision opens up exciting debates about the ethics of our professions and many other philosophical and ethical issues.
“Automation will soon mean not only efficiency, but also business intelligence.”
What do you think are the most contributive latest trends in legal tech that law firms and companies can benefit from?
Artificial intelligence is undoubtedly the most exciting subject, not only in the context of legaltech, but in general. It is a subject that has always nourished many fantasies and speculations. Even if it remains for me a medium-long term perspective, the opportunities offered by the application of artificial intelligence makes me think that it will be a real turning point!
Moreover, ethical and moral problems in particular take on a completely different dimension when they come up against the law and especially its practice.
What do you think is the best way to start with document automation?
Just try it!
Really, I think we’ve gone through everything that word processing tools and spreadsheets could offer us.
The complexity and transactions have far exceeded what a lawyer can reasonably do alone without having one or more juniors at his disposal.
To start, I will recommend the lawyers to automate the documents they use on a daily basis or in recurring projects. Then, analyse the time (and therefore money) saved in order to have a clear idea of what automation has brought. I think that this single step will convince us to automate all the rest of the documents we are working on.
How did you come across Legito and what do you find are its strengths compared to other document automation solutions?
I’ve been observing Legito for some time now. When I knew they wanted to enter the Polish market, I jumped at the chance. I absolutely wanted to be one of the pioneers of automation in Poland, and I knew that Legito would be the best partner for that.
Among Legito’s (many) advantages, I would mention here in particular the saas model which makes it possible to work on its documents, to observe their evolution and to analyse them from anywhere, or the extremely simple interface which makes it possible to demystify the notion of automation and allows everyone to concentrate on their know-how without having to acquire technical skills.
What are your future plans for document automation?
I think that once automation is fully integrated into practice, the next step will be to use the data produced.
Indeed, automating is not only about creating intelligent forms, but it is also about rethinking your document management.
Automation, therefore, makes it possible to automatically collect information through the DMS from the creation and during the life and execution of the created document. All this information is extremely valuable data.
Let us take a concrete example: we will be able to see how effective a clause protecting a claim in a credit agreement is compared to another clause of the same type and thus improve our overall contractual practice.
Automation will therefore soon also mean not only efficiency, but also business intelligence.
How would you like to help improve the everyday life of Polish and French lawyers in particular?
First, I hope to awaken consciences. Technology should not frighten lawyers because it will not replace them. My first objective will therefore be to convince lawyers that technology will be their greatest ally in a race for the competition that will continue to intensify.
Then, of course, I would like to personally support each lawyer who will take an innovative approach, sharing my experience and know-how.
Automation is a good way to do this because it is necessary and is the first step.
Lastly, what are your favorite activities except for law and legal tech?
I love reading and deepening my knowledge in a wide variety of subjects to broaden my horizons.
To clear my head, I train box regularly.
I am also passionate about photography.
The rest of my free time is spent with my family, friends and my dog.