Sunday LegalTech Review – 16th September 2018

Artificial Intelligence & The Law: Will It Take Us To Dark Places Too?

An article in LawFuel discusses a multi-disciplinary research project based out of Otago University. The three year Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand project will look at the impact of AI innovations on law and public policy in New Zealand, as well as some potentially harmful implications from the powerful and fast-developing technology.

The project will primarily investigate two topics that link AI and the law: ‘Predictive AI technologies in the criminal justice system’ and ‘AI and Employment’, and is funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation.

The Power of Sharing: ILTACon 2018

Tessa Ramanlal, a solicitor at law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and co-founder of ANIKA writes an awesome guest post in Artificial Lawyer about the power of sharing:

“Developing and implementing legal technology is a cross-disciplinary exercise which involves the intersection of professionals who think, communicate and operate in vastly different ways. That presents challenges. However, it also unlocks a field ripe with opportunities for collaboration when lawyers and technologists take the time to learn about each other. That starts with sharing.”

Large-scale legal disruption having ‘narrow’ impact

Lawyers Weekly speaks with Chrissie Lightfoot about how much of an impact legalTech and innovation is having on disrupting the legal industry, noting that while the market is making headway, there’s still a fair way to go before significant impact can be felt.

Awesome Legal Design Graphic

This awesome Legal Design graphic has been doing the rounds on social media recently. It was created at the Legal Design Summit in Helsinki where a law firm, client, and service design agency came together to redesign how pension decision documents are created. You can read the full case study at the Open Law Lab.

If you haven’t heard of Legal Design, the Legal Geek blog post “Legal Design WTF? is a great starting point.

Thomson Reuters LegalTech Incubator programme application period opens

Applications for the Thomson Reuters LegalTech Incubator are now being accepted before the deadline of 31st October. Through the programme Thomson Reuters are giving LegalTech startups the opportunity to pitch their proposition and the chance to partner with Thomson Reuters Labs to bring it to life.

Meet Author, the New Legal AI System Taking on the World

Artificial Lawyer catches up with Nick Whitehouse, founder and CEO of Author – a legal AI platform which according to its creators can learn 100 times faster than other legal AI system.

Kira Systems secures largest ever Legal AI Investment (so far)

Artificial Lawyer and Legal IT Insider reported on the $50m Investment secured by Kira systems – the largest investment so far in Legal AI. Legal IT Insider caught up with Kira’s founder Noah Waisberg to find out how Kira plans to spend the money.

AI Bias Could Kill Liberalism, But Might Keep Capitalism Alive

Eyal Balicer writes in an opinion piece for Forbes about how bias in AI is one of the greatest problems to overcome if AI is to be more widely adopted, and highlights that the winning AI tools will be those that can demonstrate accountability.

The 60 second interview: “We’re totally preoccupied with finding the holy grail of tech”

Baker McKenzie’s COO Simon Thompson explains how tech presents both the biggest opportunity and biggest challenge for law firms in an interview with The Lawyer.

Consortium launches ‘Australian National Blockchain’

CIO reports that CSIRO’s Data61 group, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and IBM have formed a consortium to build a blockchain-based smart contracts platform dubbed the Australian National Blockchain (ANB).

How to get law firm stakeholders to invest in legal technology

Thomson Reuters look at how to get buy in for adopting new technology within your legal practice.

Barclays Eagle Lab launches with not a CIO in sight

Caroline Hill writes in Legal IT Insider about the Barclays Eagle Lab London launch and demo day which included pitches from eight startups.

Legal Technologist – September edition out now

The September edition of The Legal Technologist is now available, including a beginners guide to “Big Data” from Becky Baker, why legalTech is relevant to you and thoughts on the future of law.

#InnovateLaw2018 Hackathon & FLIP Conference

The Innovate Law 2018 Hackathon took place between 7th-9th September at the Law Society of New South Wales, Australia. The event was organised by The Law Society of New South Wales and The Legal Forecast in collaboration with The Supreme Court of NSW and Justice Connect. Steven Walker, CEO of Gen2Law and a mentor and judge at the hackathon talks about five things he learned in this LinkedIn article.

The hackathon winners were recognised at the FLIP Conference Innovation Dinner on 14th September, with team WOMBAT winning the Justice Connect Challenge and team hACTivate winning the NSW Supreme Court challenge.

Legal Tech: How Technology is Changing the Legal World

“Legal Tech: How Technology is Changing the Legal World” has just been released, and according to the Amazon listing:

“This new handbook comprehensively analyzes the current and future states of digital transformation in the legal market and its implications from a global perspective. It provides a multi-faceted overview of the use of Legal Tech in law firms and legal departments in different parts of the world (including Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Russia, and the United States) and formulates clearcut strategic advice for a successful digital transformation.”

Takeouts from the first Asia Pacific Corporate Legal Operations Consortium

The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), held its first Asia Pacific event in Sydney Australia in September 3rd & 4th. CLOC helps in-house legal teams improve their legal operations. Dazychain, providers of all-in-one cloud software for in-house counsel, share their takeouts from the first Asia Pacific CLOC conference on their blog.

Legal Bills, Technology and the Weak Buyer Problem

Artificial Lawyer discusses the challenge of really changing how clients buy and think about commercial legal services with Nathan Wenzel, CEO of SimpleLegal.

Companies Act compliance tool becomes McCann FitzGerald’s third legaltech app

McCann FitzGerald has today launched a smartphone app aimed at helping companies comply with the Companies Act 2014, its third legaltech application since partnering with Neota Logic as reported in the Irish Legal.


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