“Lawyers still needed” say big firms in tech push, with Clydes mining ‘big data’

Mark_Wing_Clyde and Co

City law firm Clyde & Co has teamed up with computing students to undertake data analysis for clients, including predictions of the likelihood of disputes going to trial and potential litigation outcomes. Meanwhile, Bristol-based TLT has taken a share of a US artificial intelligence contracts review software supplier.

December 14th, 2017

Land Registry eyes use of AI and publishing conveyancer performance data


The Land Registry has unveiled plans to use artificial intelligence in conveyancing and also publish data on conveyancers’ performance. It comes as a Legal Futures report – published today – highlights how the use of data is set to change commercial conveyancing and the law firms which do it.

December 4th, 2017

Vos: Courts need to embrace ODR or risk younger generation losing faith in justice system

Sir Geoffrey Vos

The courts need to “move fast” to develop online dispute resolution and other forms of speedier dispute resolution, “before the millennials lose faith in the way the older generation is content to deliver justice”, the Chancellor of the High Court has warned. He also said that technology that aimed to forecast the outcome of disputes was “very useful”.

December 1st, 2017

Chatbot-based ‘firm without lawyers’ launched

Law Firm Without Lawyers

A lawyer has launched an artificial intelligence-backed (AI) chatbot that powers what he calls the ‘Law Firm Without Lawyers’, initially aimed at consumer and tax law but shortly to be extended to domestic violence. Ailira is short for Artificially Intelligent Legal Information Resource Assistant.

November 30th, 2017

Chatbot entrepreneur predicts automated legal future

Josh Browder LF 2017

Up to 70% of the law can be carried out by robots and all legal documents will be automated within a decade, according to the student entrepreneur who created the ground-breaking DoNotPay chatbot. He painted a picture of the future in which voice-activated chatbots would assist litigants-in-person and online courts would interact with chatbot

November 23rd, 2017

Kennedys calls in university AI team to help tackle insurance fraud

Professor Jian-Bo Yang

City law firm Kennedys has called in artificial intelligence (AI) experts at Manchester University to help develop a new product to combat insurance fraud. The two-year project, co-funded by the government agency Innovate UK, will involve academics develop a new system based on the law firm’s databases.

November 21st, 2017

Mishcon incubator buys stake in two lawtech start-ups

Nick West

London law firm and alternative business structure Mishcon de Reya has invested cash in two of the six lawtech start-ups that its incubator, MDR LAB, chose from among a crowded field earlier this year. Mishcon also announced yesterday that it would run a similar competition in 2018.

November 15th, 2017

Exclusive: Robot junior clerk already processing hundreds of bookings and reducing human working hours

Billy Bot

Billy Bot, the ‘robot junior clerk’, is now managing up to 100 new instructions a day from solicitors and members of the public, agreeing fees, booking barristers, checking for conflicts and even making the coffee. The time the system saves has already meant that the clerks at Clerksroom have to work fewer hours than before, with no cut in salary.

November 14th, 2017

Three-quarters of law firms “unprepared” for EU data regulation with six months to go

computer security

Three quarters of law firms are still unprepared for the EU general data protection regulation which comes into force next May, potentially opening them up to large penalties, according to new research. It also found that one in five law firms admitted to experiencing an attempted cyber attack in the last month.

November 14th, 2017

Keoghs launches AI product that will cut insurer clients’ legal costs

Lauri Keoghs AI

Leading defendant law firm Keoghs has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) driven service that cuts legal costs for insurer clients by enabling them to handle work that is currently done by its lawyers. Its “AI lawyer”, called Lauri, is initially for what are called “avoidable litigation” cases – generally standard, low-value claims.

November 7th, 2017