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21 October 2015

It’s here, the day that Marty and Doc jumped Back to the Future. 21 October 2015, 30 years into the future from the day in 1985 when the time travelling saga began.


We at Paradigm Family Law were interested to draw comparisons from the predictions that the film made about what life would be like in the future with what the future holds for the legal profession. It has certainly been a tempestuous time for the profession as a whole. The liberalisation of the legal market, introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) and non-lawyers being permitted to become partners in law firms being just a few recent developments, not to mention the swinging cuts to legal aid.

We are here to predict the future, just as Marty and Doc did back in 1985. And we think it’s bright – there is a magic formula which we believe every client wants and every solicitor will use.

“Roads….Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…”

Whilst the filmmakers were a little too optimistic here, we do have electric cars, and moves towards powering cars with waste – chip fat oil anyone? Perhaps not quite nuclear fusion from bananas but who knows.

Thumbs Up

Biff pays for his taxi ride in 2015 using his thumb print. IPhones have had this technology for a couple of years now, and we can pay contactlessly for small transactions.

Suspend your disbelief

The hover-board technology of the film is also not out of this world. Apparently Lexus have shown a working hover-board this year.

Droning on

The film had a few bit-part drones – but it was prescient. Drones are now everywhere, whether the ones used in combat, by media organisations or even enthusiastic air craft hobbyists.

Smart-glasses but no smartphones…

Marty Jr has some high tec specs in the film. We now have the likes of Google Glass and Oculus Rift just coming into the frame with virtual reality headgear. But the big omission was failing to foresee the invention of the smart phone. In the film, the humble payphone still makes an appearance – when was the last time you saw one of those on the street?


Lest we forget, the World Wide Web was only invented the same year as the film was released, with no browser until 1986.

There were no email, no Cloud, and no memory stick predictions either – looking back the use of faxes in 2015 according to the film was still an everyday thing. Not so now – hands up who sent a fax today…….anyone??

Future Proof

If we were going Back to the Future we think there would be a change in the legal market place towards fixed fees. It is why when we set up Paradigm Family Law in 2014 with fixed fees we felt that we were providing a future proof way of funding divorce and financial cases, whether in or out of court. Our fixed fee formula is tailor-made for clients and is based on the value of their assets and the complexities involved in their case. Our experience means that we can assess the right fee for the right client at the right time.

Contact Us

For more details or if you would like representation in financial or divorce proceedings, please do not hesitate to contact James or Frank. Paradigm Family Law offers a free initial consultation and our fixed fee solutions cover financial proceedings from start to finish. You can call us on 0845 6020422 or email us to [email protected].


Credits: The source material for the BTTF information in this article can be found here: