Kennedys paves way for AI-based future with version of virtual defence lawyer that instructs counsel

Richard West

City law firm Kennedys has launched an extended version of its virtual defence lawyer, which for the first time enables clients to send cases directly to counsel without the need for a solicitor. The firm is currently building a more advanced version of litigation management system KLAiM using AI.

March 15th, 2017

Online road traffic offences pioneer to launch private client service

Martin Langan

A solicitor and online legal services pioneer who developed the first automated system for clients to send briefs to counsel, is launching a private client service this summer that “enables people to pick and choose the legal services they need and want to pay for”.

March 14th, 2017

Clients are drawn to the advice more than the adviser, says Susskind

Future for Lawyers conference at RBS

The days of lawyers as trusted advisers are numbered because a reliable outcome to their issue is more important to clients than a relationship with their lawyer, Professor Richard Susskind has claimed. He also expressed concern about the impact of Brexit on the UK maintaining its focus on a period of unprecedented technological progress.

March 13th, 2017

AXA teams up with ABS in bid to “disrupt delivery of legal advice” with machine-learning app

rradar grace

AXA Insurance has teamed up with alternative business structure rradar to launch what they call “a world first in legal and risk advice”, powered by IBM Watson technology. ‘Grace’ is described as “a machine learning-driven app which engages businesses directly with a virtual assistant to deliver the knowledge and experience of legal and risk management experts”.

March 9th, 2017

International firm sets up team of lawyers to cut through AI “hype”

Katie DeBord

International firm Bryan Cave has set up a team of tech-friendly lawyers from its offices around the world to cut through the “hype” around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in law firms. It said AI has “enormous potential”, but the real value comes from “lawyers being part of the conversation when these tools come out”.

March 9th, 2017

Law firms “more likely to pay cyber crooks” who lock their IT systems

computer security

More than a quarter of law firms that fall victim to ‘ransomware’ – software used by cyber crooks to block access to computer systems – end up paying £5,000 or more to retrieve their data, according to research.

February 28th, 2017

Magic circle firm adopts AI to simplify complex compliance issue

Charles Morris Clifford Chance

Magic circle law firm Clifford Chance has for the second time in four months deployed artificial intelligence in a standalone product aimed at assisting clients to comply with complex regulatory changes. It has devised an online tool to enable financial institutions to make sense of MiFID2.

February 27th, 2017

Lawyers will be able to replace work lost to online court, says government

Ministry of Justice sign

Lawyers should be able to replace any work lost to the online court with other cases, the government said yesterday, although it did not suggest how this would be done. The blithe statement came in an impact assessment published alongside the Prisons and Courts Bill.

February 24th, 2017

Study finds AI and other technology less of a threat to lawyers’ jobs than believed

Dana Remus UNC

Technology is displacing lawyers’ jobs at a slower pace than often thought, with most areas of legal practice at only low or moderate threat from encroachment by software, according to a study. It also called for effective professional regulation of legal technologies to protect clients and the values of legal systems.

February 24th, 2017

Relate puts pioneering online divorce project on hold


A project to create the first online dispute resolution system for divorcing and separating couples in the UK has been put on hold, Legal Futures has been told. Relate, the country’s largest provider of relationship support, received no government funding for the project, and instead relied on private backers, including Google.

February 23rd, 2017