Created by programmers from the mid-90s onwards and launched by technology disruptors in 2008 on the back of the biggest corporate failings in trust and honesty the modern world has seen, Blockchain collects facts as diverse as Wikipedia and churns them out as randomly as Alexa in a playschool. Heralded as the next big thing, blockchain has the potential to radically change the way lawyers work, and even threaten their very existence.
So, what is it, and how does it work? This book, featuring opinions and experience from some of the most knowledgeable thought leaders on the subject, aims to cut through the hype and explore the many different facets of blockchain, and what it will mean for the legal profession.
Chapter 1: Will Blockchain change the legal world?
By Joanne Frears, Lionshead Law
Chapter 2: The evolution of law in a peer-to-peer technology world
By David Fisher, Integra
Chapter 3: Blockchain and the business model
By Robert Millard, Cambridge Strategy Group
Chapter 4: Smart contracts and their potential positive impact on society and economy
By Krzysztof Wojdyło, Partner at Wardynski & Partners, Warsaw
Chapter 5: The legal enforceability of smart contracts
By Priyanka Desai and Tyler Woods, ConsenSys
Chapter 6: Blockchain and the chain of custody
By Vijay Rathour, Partner, Grant Thornton
Chapter 7: Blockchain and archives
By John Sheridan, National Archives
Chapter 8: Patents
By Alvin Lam, Patent Attorney, Maucher Jenkins
Chapter 9: Capital markets and the blockchain
By Lewis Cohen, DLX Law