Richard Susskind

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Richard Susskind
Richard Susskind
Born (1961-03-28) 28 March 1961 (age 54)
Paisley, Scotland
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Fields Law
Institutions Gresham College
University of Oxford
Strathclyde University
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Balliol College, Oxford
Known for The Grid

Richard Susskind OBE (born 28 March 1961) is a British author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which IT and the Internet are changing the work of the professions.

Richard is President of the Society for Computers and Law, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute. He holds professorships at the University of Oxford, Gresham College and Strathclyde University.

Work and Research[edit]

Richard has worked for more than 30 years on transforming the way that lawyers and the courts work. He has written 9 related books and has independently advised international professional firms and national governments. Based on his consulting work and conversations with other professions, Richard has more recently furthered his research to cover the professions more generally. Richard’s latest book, co-authored with Daniel Susskind, reflects their joint research into The Future of the Professions.

Richard lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries and has addressed audiences (in person and electronically), numbering more than 250,000.

The Future of the Professions[edit]

Richard latest book, co-authored with Daniel Susskind, predicts the decline of today's professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them. In an Internet society, according to Richard and Daniel, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century. The Future of the Professions explains how 'increasingly capable systems' - from telepresence to artificial intelligence - will bring fundamental change in the way that the 'practical expertise' of specialists is made available in society.

The authors challenge the 'grand bargain' - the arrangement that grants various monopolies to today's professionals. They argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society.

The book raises important practical and moral questions. In an era when machines can out-perform human beings at most tasks, what are the prospects for employment, who should own and control online expertise, and what tasks should be reserved exclusively for people?

Based on the authors' in-depth research of more than ten professions, and illustrated by numerous examples from each, this is the first book to assess and question the relevance of the professions in the 21st century.

Online Dispute Resolution[edit]

Richard chairs the UK Civil Justice Council’s Advisory Group on Online Dispute Resolution, which published a report in February 2015 recommending the establishment of Her Majesty’s Online Courts (HMOC). The report recommends HMOC consist of 3 tiers, Online Evaluation, Online Facilitation and Online Judges,   The benefits of HMOC would be an increase in access to justice and substantial savings in the cost of the court system.


  • The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts (Oxford University Press, 2015) (with D. Susskind)
  • Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (Oxford University Press, paperback 2013)
  • The End of Lawyers? (Oxford University Press, 2008; revised paperback, 2010)
  • The Susskind Interviews (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005)
  • Transforming the Law (Oxford University Press, 2000; revised paperback, 2003)
  • The Future of Law (Oxford University Press, 1996; revised paperback, 1998)
  • Essays on Law and Artificial Intelligence (Tano, 1993)
  • Latent Damage Law – The Expert System (Butterworths, 1988) (with P.N. Capper)
  • Expert Systems in Law (Oxford University Press, 1987; paperback, 1989)


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