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, solicitor and leader in IP and technology law, Lionshead Law
Chapter 2: The evolution of law in a peer-to-peer technology world
By David Fisher, Integra
Chapter 3: Blockchain’s likely impact on law firm business models
By Robert Millard, director, Cambridge Strategy Group
Chapter 4: Smart contracts – hope for the law?
By Krzysztof Wojdyło, partner at Wardynski & Partners
Chapter 5: The legal enforceability of smart contracts
By Priyanka Desai and Tyler Woods, ConsenSys
Chapter 6: The chain of custody – Blockchains of trust
By Vijay Rathour, partner at Grant Thornton
Chapter 7: The role of Blockchain in archives
By John Sheridan, digital director, The National Archives
Chapter 8: Exploring the Blockchain patent landscape
By Alvin Lam, patent attorney and partner at Maucher Jenkins
Chapter 9: Blockchain, digital tokens, and capital raising – what next?
By Lewis Cohen, DLx LawFull overview