Zooming in on a new Nirvana

Were legal sector innovations during lockdown a stop-gap to keep the body of justice breathing or will the use of remote technology now become the default setting, wonders Paul Kirtley of Exchange Chambers

Since the implementation of the UK lockdown in March, the justice system has relied upon the use of remote technology to keep its heart beating.  Remote video conferences and hearings have ensured the continued administration of justice and, more generally, communication between professional and lay clients. The UK and the rest of the world are …

Are there any decisions which AI should never take?

Fountain Court’s Jacob Turner considers the ethical and regulatory issues surrounding the rise of artificial intelligence

The legal press often features articles on AI replacing lawyers. Until recently, there has been much less focus on the question of how lawyers can help society to live alongside AI. AI is unique because unlike any other previous technology, it can act autonomously. This means it can make decisions which were not pre-programmed by …

Exploring new technologies


Olga V. Mack, experienced tech lawyer and current CEO at Parley Pro, speaks with US editor (content), Helen Donegan, about contract management solutions, how she believes in-house lawyers are leading the way with legal tech, and the best way for lawyers to test new legal technologies

Helen Donegan: In your career to date you’ve had roles in both private practice and in-house; what specifically interested you in a legal career? Olga Mack: I went to law school to be a tech lawyer, so I am a tech lawyer by training and by design. I’ve been fortunate enough to work at the …

Knowledge management needs redefinition, not reinvention


Alex Smith, global product management lead for iManage RAVN, outlines the evolution of knowledge management and explains why it needs redefinition in the modern legal world

Knowledge management (KM) brings the phrase ‘what’s old is new’ to mind. As a concept, KM is at least 30 years old in the legal sector, and yet there’s newfound excitement for it in the industry within both law firms and new entrants in the ecosystem. Historically, the discipline has been driven by the need …

From Uber to Lawber


White & Case’s chief knowledge officer, Oz Benamram on how digital transformation may change the legal industry

As the legal ecosystem grows more complex with alternative providers, law companies, sophisticated tech, and growing legal departments within client organisations, now is a good time to consider potential scenarios of how the industry might look in years to come. I recently spoke about one of these scenarios at an industry conference, drawing parallels from …

Lawyers, know your tech


Don’t get hung up on product name, focus on the match to your business requirements, writes Roy Russell, CEO of Ascertus Limited

Given the amount of technology systems corporate legal departments and law firms deploy, the actual use of those solutions are often limited by organisations’ apparent understanding of the description of the systems or indeed the functional requirement they implemented the products for. There are so many point solutions that law firms and in-house legal departments …

How to become a smart shopper of AI


illustration of robot shopping

Whether making a direct investment or utilising the products of others, there’s plenty of options for robot lawyering, says Dan Carmel, chief marketing officer of iManage

Information is the coin of the realm for any corporate legal department or law firm – and that is probably why the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has a generated so much excitement across the legal industry. AI, properly applied, can produce dramatic productivity improvements, enabling document reviews and other basic legal tasks to be …

Law is still a people’s business


Lawyers are ‘totally safe’ from the threat of being replaced by robots, argues Anne-Karin Grill of Vavrovsky Heine Marth

Legal tech is probably the most eminent buzz word in the legal community these days. It has become a recurring conference topic and, in some areas of the legal advisory industry, tech tools have indeed long been integrated in the process. In essence, they are relied upon to increase efficiency, most notably where large volumes …

Breaking down barriers: client behaviour in the digital age

The client side

The certainties and confidence that law firms once had that their sector would not be challenged have
proven unfounded, writes Propero Partners
CEO Jonathan Phillips

One thing is certain, there will always be a need for legal services. Less certain, however, is the way these services will be bought and sold moving into the future. As recently as the last decade, the weakening of the traditional partnership model combined with the advent of legal technology has given rise to a …

AI’s impact on IA: How far can tech go?


Joseph Hage Aaronson’s Richard Kiddell and Joe Irwin consider technology’s current and future role in international arbitration

Legal technology already touches much of the work of the arbitration practitioner. Whether by streamlining document review, assisting with legal research or enhancing communication through video conferencing, technology has had a significant impact on how international arbitrations are conducted compared to a decade ago. These developments, however, have been largely incremental in nature and artificial …