This dissertation outlines the pressures being felt by solicitors' firms (particularly smaller ones) and courts in the UK. It then examines the ways in which IT has been, and arguably can be, employed to improve efficiency and productivity and thus cope with the pressures. Following that, general issues of IT strategy for law firms are considered, and then the attention turns specifically to the smaller firms, as most legal IT writings and conferences concentrate on the needs of the larger firms, even though they are better placed to develop their strategies themselves. The final substantive part of the dissertation considers two aspects of IT which promise to have great impact on the legal world. The first is a specific technology, XML. The second is the field of artificial intelligence and law.