A pioneer in the field of information technology and law, Richard Susskind is IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. He is the first Honorary Professor of Gresham College in London and the co-founder of the Centre for Law, Computers and Technology at the Law School of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is an independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments, including chairing the UK’s Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (2003-2008).

Professor Susskind lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. His research has ranged from innovative doctoral work during the 1980s in the field of expert systems, when he also developed ground-breaking systems in law and tax, to recent work blending legal, information and management theory supported by a series of empirical research projects.

His latest of seven books, ‘The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services’, was published by OUP in 2008. In it, he argues that IT is bringing about fundamental changes in the ways lawyers and legal professionals do their work which will signal a fundamental shift in legal service from a form of advisory service to an Internet-enabled and often packaged service. Richard is also a law columnist for The Times.

Richard has a first class honours degree in law from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society, and President of the Society for Computers and Law. He was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.

Research interests


Positions held at the OII

  • Advisory Board Member, September 2002 –
  • Visiting Professor, June 2009 – Present



  • The Internet and the Administration of Justice

    Recorded: 1 November 2010

    Duration: 00:03:56

    Professor Richard Susskind discusses the main themes of his lecture in the OII's "Society and the Internet" lecture series, arguing that justice requires a shift from 19th century practices to Internet-enabled administration of justice.




  • Robots are taking our white collar jobs, too

    14 October 2015 Quartz

    In a forthcoming book, Richard and Daniel Susskind explore the future when, they predict, robots take over more of the professional work currently carried out by humans.