In December 2021, SimpLEGAL in collaboration with InvestCEE LegalTech Consultsultancy issued a practical guide on legal AI. Smart legal technology opens up new opportunities for digitizing legal services, yet law firms, in-house legal departments and business teams often still lack clarity as to the use cases and basic terminology used in the legal AI domain.
The handbook is non-sponsored professional content – so instead of listing particular AI vendors, we aimed to inspire engagement with AI-based solutions in a creative and transformative way, help increase the added value of legal services and enable fair business processes through legal technology. This blog post summarizes the key take-aways and provides free access to the full English language handbook. The Hungarian language version is available HERE.
ABOUT THE LEGAL AI HANDBOOK
In a changing economy increasingly driven by data, business-minded legal teams often find themselves under pressure for greater efficiency and productivity. In case of law firms, clients expect quick turn-around time and accurate responses, hence advanced legal technology can demonstrate innovation, which benefits the client. In the case of corporate legal departments, as business needs are growing and internal resources for handling large and complex legal matters are limited, smart technology can have a multiplier effect by reducing external spendings and increasing internal efficiencies.
While the theoretical discussion about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is impacting legal services may still be ongoing, forward-looking legal teams (and clients who trust their lawyers) are better advised to shift from debate to taking action. A proactive approach to deploying AI-based solutions requires practitioners and beneficiaries of legal services to consider
This report is meant to be a guide for innovative legal teams and demanding business clients, both large and small and irrespective of industry background. Our aim is to showcase that professional teams who equip themselves with the adequate AI-based legaltech solutions now have the opportunity to:
Overall, using AI-driven tools in a legal context should mean that lawyers can deliver better value to their clients. In most cases, these smart solutions are not specific to any particular practice area or industry segment. Responsible and creative use of AI in law is more about the mindset of users than the limitations of the technology itself. With this report, we aim to inspire engagement with AI-based solutions in a creative and transformative way, help increase the added value of legal services and optimize fair business processes through legal technology.
USE CASES: THE BENEFITS OF USING AI IN LEGAL WORKSTREAMS
Law firms and corporate legal teams are often curious but uncertain as to how they can harness AI-empowered tools in legal and compliance matters. Clearly, lawyers from various backgrounds are increasingly driven by the need to achieve more accurate results in less time. In this section of our report, we have collected the most common use cases where AI-driven solutions can help lawyers (and business teams) with their efficiency goals.
In particular, we looked at the following workstreams:
PROFESSIONAL INSIGHTS FOR IMPLEMENTING LEGAL AI SOLUTIONS
Implementing AI-augmented legal services can bring great value to legal teams of all sizes and from any industry background. In order to realize that value, lawyers need to be aware of and choose the adequate legal technology solution that best fits their particular client service and everyday working needs.
Adopting AI in legal work is an area that cannot be left just to IT or innovation groups, but instead will need to include the consideration of firm-wide or company-wide management to make the right decisions. Sourcing and implementing the adequate legal AI solution can be a daunting task, yet it is easier with professional support who can help manage the process. Legal teams should look for a partner that has an implementation methodology as well as an experienced team.
The Legal AI Handbook includes best practice tips and guidance from InvestCEE LegalTech Consultsultancy’s professional advisory team regarding the following key considerations:
LEGAL FRAMEWORK IN THE EU
As regards the legal framework regarding AI and natural language processing, the handbook highlights that it is currently in a nascent phase in the European Union (EU). SimpLEGAL’s founding partner, technology lawyer and data protection law specialist Dr. Dániel Necz LL.M. analyzes the EU’s draft AI regulation (the “AI Regulation”) published in April 2021 and additional mandatory rules concerning the processing of personal and non-personal data that are highly relevant in AI context.
In a changing economic environment legal and business teams from all backgrounds are best advised to find ways to explore technology solutions, evaluate pilot project results, compare investment costs, calculate the return on investment (ROI) in any AI-based solution of choice and monetize AI-assisted legal work. Testing AI tools and starting pilot projects enables gaining hands-on experience at often lower costs, and is also a convenient way to determine how AI impacts legal work and team management going forward.
Adopting AI-based technology solutions in legal work certainly requires a holistic approach, where legal practitioners and in-house counsels feel empowered in their professional roles, but their advisory potentials are not eroded. It is essential to figure out the people and process related aspects first, assess outcomes of pilot projects and then decide how to manage new business models that combine human expertise and smart tools.
Download below & enjoy AI IN LEGAL SERVICES: A PRACTICAL GUIDE our digital law firm issued in collaboration with InvestCEE LegalTech Consultancy in December 2021!