While the application of various technology-based solutions in the field of law has progressed and there has been plenty of discussion around AI in this framework, especially as to whether and to what extent AI will replace actual lawyers, the first use-cases of AI for litigation lawyers in the UK are already in the market.

Software which should produce a comprehensive analysis of arguments and strategies based on case law and availaible materials tailored to a specific case. A vision? Rather a reality. LitiGate, an Israeli start-up, has teamed-up with three well-known international law-firms (including Taylor Wessing) and has started to develop exactly this kind of software, that is not only to narrowed to analysing existing data, but is also able to make forecasts on counter-arguments and present alternative narratives in a case.

Training on the pitch

In order to train the underlying algorhithms and improve the accuracy of its results, Taylor Wessing has provided practical input on examples of application. It might sound surprising, however, the software is on a good track to produce results in the form of memos comparable to that of a junior associate. AI support like that would come in handy: In the last years, there has been a major increase in data available, e.g. court decisions, stored in databases and e-libraries. Accordingly, preparing a case has become more time-consuming for lawyers. This is where AI comes into play: Instead of aggregating search results and hits like conventional software, AI-based software is able to provide arguments derived from the research and present it in a appropriate manner which is directly applicable to the case at hand.

Pre-Season for litigation’s future

The potential benefits associacted with the use of AI software in litiagion are quite clear. Firstly, if trained properly, the software will quickly come up with usable results, thereby minimising time spend on research. Secondly, AI might reduce the margin of error which results from human flaws as the AI is less likely to ignore relevant cases or other materials etc. Ultimately, AI based litigaton assistants will lead to increased efficiency.

Subs for Litigators?

Scepticism about the quality and reliabilty of results might be a natural reaction towards a new technology, however, there exists already a significant level of trust by decision-makers in lawfirms that were presented with LitiGate, introduced to core functions and having the opportunity of testing etc. The discussion around „machines replacing lawyers“ will continue thought. And it should be kept in mind is that there are elements and functions which machines or AI will probably never be able to surrogated by machines since „experience, good judgement and human interaction will never be relaced by technology“.

(The above article is a summary of Andrew Mizner’s article „AI: litigation’s final frontier?“ first published at www.cdr-news.com on 13 July 2018)