From digital adoption to technological innovation 

Katie Atkinson

Covid-19 has compelled us all to embrace many adjustments to our day by day lives. And the authorized sector is not any exception. From Zoom conferences with purchasers to digital courts and distant case work, legislation corporations are embracing new applied sciences and new methods of working to adapt to the disruption attributable to ongoing lockdowns throughout the UK. Now, as we start to consider find out how to rebuild our economic system and what the brand new regular seems like, corporations are being offered with a possibility to construct upon the successes of their latest digital adoption. By embracing technological innovation, corporations can harness the ability of authorized know-how to drive financial restoration within the new regular.

The College of Liverpool has been producing cutting-edge analysis within the discipline of AI and legislation for the reason that 1980s. Over the previous decade, Liverpool researchers have pioneered methods to extract and cause with related information and information contained inside complicated authorized paperwork. Our researchers construct this authorized information right into a ‘computational mannequin of argument’ to develop decision-support instruments that allow extra constant and sooner determination making than human processing delivers.

Our modelling instruments are able to replicating to a excessive diploma of accuracy the precise outcomes of closed courtroom instances in quite a lot of well-studied areas, reaching a 100% success charge in sure scoped authorized fields. Liverpool researchers have just lately been growing AI instruments that present explainable determination assist, addressing important considerations concerning the transparency of AI software program. These strategies open up the likelihood for AI to help authorized professionals to take knowledgeable actions by advising them on authorized outcomes whereas displaying the arguments and justification processes of the AI software program. Our latest tasks have proven that the adoption of those applied sciences advantages legislation corporations considerably: streamlining administration, reducing prices, and driving efficiencies.

The facility of partnerships

To place our analysis into apply, we’ve partnered with main legislation corporations to deploy our AI applied sciences of their operations. In collaboration with Weightmans and tech firm Kira Programs, we developed an AI answer that extracts information to energy our determination engine able to finishing up authorized reasoning. Our answer identifies arguments for settling instances and hastens determination making, delivering case dealing with enhancements for Weightmans and its purchasers.

Via a Data Switch Partnership funded by Innovate UK, Liverpool labored with one other private damage legislation agency to develop assist instruments utilizing our AI analysis. The collaboration enabled the agency to embed a tradition of innovation inside their organisation and unlock additional investments, thereby producing profit in each effectivity and accuracy of case processing, and finally boosting their profitability and market share.

The event of authorized know-how takes time and sources however the constructive impacts on the effectivity, accuracy, and velocity of case processing have been discovered by our companions to considerably outweigh the preliminary bills, with investments paying off after comparatively brief intervals of time. The College of Liverpool’s analysis that’s now being deployed in authorized know-how permits corporations to make sooner, extra constant selections with the assist of clear AI instruments, and to finally ship swifter justice for his or her purchasers. Moreover, time financial savings allow earlier threat mitigation that result in higher outcomes for corporations and their clients.

Via partnerships with universities, start-up corporations, and native authorities businesses, legislation corporations can embark upon new journeys to embed digital innovation into their operations. Working with skilled companions, such because the College of Liverpool, gives corporations with technical experience and pathways to entry funding, serving to them to make authorized know-how a part of the brand new regular.


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Professor Katie Atkinson, Chair and Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Laptop Science on the College of Liverpool