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AI beats average legal mind but not best-performing lawyers

The latest ‘man versus machine’ contest, which pitted human lawyers against artificial intelligence technology, has shown the machine to be superior in both accuracy and speed. But the best-performing lawyers exceeded even the AI, although it was claimed that they did so in unnatural circumstances for a busy lawyer.

February 26th, 2018 | No Comments »

“Neural network” robot lawyer plots international expansion

An online legal advice website has created an artificial intelligence-backed robot that it claims has been trained to answer questions on consumer rights law in natural language using one of the world’s largest datasets.

February 19th, 2018 | No Comments »

AI lawyers coming but hold off on legislation, says Microsoft

A new breed of specialist artificial intelligence (AI) lawyer will emerge within 20 years, but governments should only legislate on the subject once technology companies have had time to develop their own ethical principles, according to Microsoft. By that time, virtually all lawyers will rely on AI to assist them with their practice, it said.

February 5th, 2018 | No Comments »

Chatbot-based ‘firm without lawyers’ launched

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 | 1 Comment »

Technology will put one in five legal jobs at risk, Law Society predicts

Legal jobs are already being lost to technology, with the figure climbing to tens of thousands over the next two decades as automation and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) take hold, according to the Law Society. In the shorter term, the society also predicted that growth in the turnover of law firmswould be modest, with little or no ‘Brexit dividend’.

November 3rd, 2017 | No Comments »

Ex-FBI cyber chief warns lawyers over corporate espionage

Basic digital housekeeping like keeping software up-to-date and backing up data separately from your network will solve most cyber-security issues – with corporate espionage one issue law firms have to face – according to a former assistant director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

October 19th, 2017 | No Comments »

Law Society unveils tech crowdfunding deal as Legal Geek hears about conservative clients

The Law Society has agreed a deal with a crowdfunding platform to connect solicitors with lawtech start-ups looking for investment. Meanwhile, a lawyer at a magic circle law firm told yesterday’s Legal Geek conference that while clients welcomed the idea of innovation, when it comes to the crunch they often chose old-style methods.

October 18th, 2017 | No Comments »

Law firm-incubated business launches AI contract review tech “60 times faster than paralegals”

A contract review technology company incubated by Cambridge-based law firm Taylor Vinters today launched an artificial intelligent product that it claims is on average 60 times faster and 30% cheaper than traditional paralegals.

September 18th, 2017 | No Comments »

AI-backed start-up “will make communication between clients and lawyers easier”

A law student has become the latest entrepreneur to try and crack the problem of how to use online technology to improve the experience of consumers wanting to contact lawyers to solve their legal problems at a reasonable cost. Legista is a platform that will use artificially intelligent software to understand their matter and locate the right lawyer to deal with it.

September 4th, 2017 | No Comments »

Innovation index suggests “more top UK law firms than US firms embracing AI”

Top UK law firms are ahead of their US counterparts in the use of artificial intelligence, an index of legal service delivery innovation has suggested. However, the creator of the Legal Services Innovation Index said it might just be that UK firms are “savvier about marketing this stuff to their clients”.

September 1st, 2017 | No Comments »