Jelle van Veenen holds a master in AI and did his PhD research in online dispute resolution at Tilburg Law School. He's been instrumental in the development of the dutch legal tech scene and has some ideas as to why it's seen such growth in the Netherlands.
Professor Daniel Katz thinks the best is still yet to come. In his keynote at Lexpo last week, he outlined what the democratization of machine learning will mean for legal businesses.
According to Marie Bernard, innovation director at one of the world's largest law firms and panel speaker at Lexpo in Amsterdam, attitudes towards automation are changing. - More and more, we are getting the message from our clients that automated processes may not be 100% perfect, but neither is manual work. And it's only the beginning.
The second installment of the legal innovation conference Lexpo is all about the trends driving change and how firms can adapt to these changes and thrive in a stagnated market. Perhaps it's no coincidence we gather to think about the future of legal here in Amsterdam.
Episode 4: A report from British Legal Technology Forum, Europe's largest legal technology conference. Also in this episode: scary toys, machines fighting machines, hacker attacks against law firms, a new book on digital justice and theimminent demise of the Privacy Shield. With Fredrik Svärd and Peter Wright.
Books by Will Meyerhofer:
Amerikanska jurister tycks inte tro att efterfrågan på advokattjänster kommer återgå till nivåerna före finanskrisen. Konsulter som studerat utvecklingen rekommenderar alternativa debiteringsmodeller, tydlig positionering och investeringar i ny teknik.
Landvinningarna inom maskininlärning behöver inte nödvändigtvis vara ett hot. Ekonomer tror att efterfrågan på mänskligt omdöme och beslutsfattande kommer öka i takt med att kostnaderna för att analysera data sjunker.
Peter Danowsky (Danowsky & Partners), Paula Röttorp (Hannes Snellman) och Rachel Manser (Linklaters) om hur teknikutvecklingen påverkar advokatbranschen.
Charlotta Kronblad, ekonom och jurist med ett förflutet vid Volvo och Mannheimer Swartling, forskar sedan ett par månader om affärsjuridik och digitalisering.
Förra veckan utsåg vi årets svenska innovatörer. På onsdagen gick elfte upplagan av Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards av stapeln vid Natural History Museum i London.
På torsdagen utsåg vi årets juridiska innovatörer 2016. Prisutdelningen ägde rum vid LegalWorks inhouse legal tech day i Stockholm. Läs om årets vinnare, årets person och årets studentuppsatser här.
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Årets innovatör: Verksamt.se
Efter ett första urval återstod elva kandidater, som arbetar med allt från att ta fram innovationer för att hjälpa människorättsarbetare världen över (Civil Rights Defenders) till att lösa tvister mellan köpare och säljare online (Swiftcourt). Mot slutet av omröstningen stod valet mellan tre kandidater:
Juryns val föll på Verksamt.se:
- Det känns otroligt roligt att vi har blivit framröstade till årets juridiska innovatör. Det är ett erkännande för allt arbete som vi, myndigheter tillsammans, lägger ner för att förenkla för att förenkla för företagen, säger Anna Johansson, enhetschef vid Tillväxtverket. Läs mer här.
Årets person: Egil Bergenlind
Läs också vår intervju med DPOrganizers grundare Egil Bergenlind, som utsetts till årets person i konkurrens med Richard Åkermark (Hannes Snellman), Nils-Erik Jansson (Jansson & Norin), Björn Sellström (Polisen) samt Helena Hallgarn och Ann Björk (VQ).
Bergenlind är entreprenör med ett förflutet som jurist vid Bird & Bird och iZettle. Vid årsskiftet lanserade han tillsammans med två utvecklare DPOrganizer, ett verktyg som hjälper advokatbyråer och andra företag att följa dataskyddsregler.
Avslutningsvis vill vi rikta ett hedersomnämnande till författarna av följande studentuppsatser:
Riverview Laws VD Karl Chapman gästade torsdagens event för en keynote om artificiell intelligens och juridik. Läs vår intervju med Chapman här.
Legaltech.se presents: Legal Innovation Awards 2016
Today we nominate the winners of the inaugural Legaltech.se Legal Innovation Awards. Eleven nominees made the shortlist. Out of those, our jury narrowed down the choice to three candidates:
And the winner is: Verksamt.se (interview in swedish).
The person of the year award goes to Egil Bergenlind. Bergenlind is the founder of DPOrganizer, a data protection management and compliance tool, and a former lawyer at Bird & Bird and iZettle.
The jury also want to recognize essays written by the following swedish law students:
Legaltech.se is a swedish blog about law and technology. It was launched in january 2016 by IT lawyer and journalist Fredrik Svärd (e-mail, twitter).
Vi tar nu emot nomineringar inför 2017 års utmärkelse här.
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There's a lot of buzz and hype surrounding "robot lawyers". This fall, Legaltech.se will discuss the possibilities and limitations of artificial intelligence with some of the industry leaders. Last month, Richard Tromans wrote about Neota Logic's smart advisors. Today we talk to Riverview Law's CEO Karl Chapman, keynote speaker at LegalWorks upcoming legal tech day in Stockholm.
Riverview Law is, along with companies such as ROSS, Neota Logic, Kira Systems and RAVN one of the more talked-about developers of virtual assistants, data analytics tools and contract management solutions for in house legal and law firms. Serial entrepreneur Karl Chapman joined the company in 2011.
Last year you wrote an interesting post about being an intruder or outsider in the legal vertical and about the barriers surrounding law. What’s the attitude towards change and technology among lawyers?
- Change can be difficult for everyone... but it is particularly difficult in a market where there has been limited competition - which has resulted in some complacency and excess profits - and a largely ‘traditional’ education and training regime. It is one of the reasons why all our implementations for new customers, whether technology of managed services, focuses as much on people and behaviours as it does on the solution being delivered, says Chapman.
Can you tell our readers what it is you do at Riverview Law – what’s the elevator pitch?
- We help in-house legal teams to stop being fire brigades. We help them to be smart, not just busy. We do this by either providing fixed price, outsourced managed services which free the in-house team to focus on the key tactical and strategic work and/or licensing our technology so that they can do it themselves. We provide them with business insight through comprehensive reporting which enables them to ensure that the right work is done by the right people in the right place at the right price.
Professor Mitch Kowalski (author of Avoiding extinction: Reimagining legal services for the 21st century) is on your team. How’d that come about?
- We’ve known Mitch since we launched Riverview Law 4,5 years ago. He’s not a formal adviser but he is a key confidant. We read his book and were struck by how he had, without knowing us, described many elements of the Riverview Law business model. So, we just rang him!
On this topic – what kind of backgrounds do your employees have? Is legal tech a viable career path for young lawyers today?
- Our team come from a wide range of professional backgrounds – accounting, technology, project management, account management analytics, legal… Our legal personnel, all of whom we employ, range from individuals who join us as apprentices all the way through to ex General Counsel of large businesses. Many new roles will open for lawyers in the future given that the combination of tech and legal domain expertise will be one of the winning market formulae.
ROSS Intelligence, a "robot lawyer" based on IBM's Watson platform recently announced several new collaborations with law firms. Freshfields have announced a partnership with Kira Systems. Linklaters and Berwin Leighton Paisner have signed a deals with AI provider RAVN Systems, and Hodge, Jones & Allen has developed software for analyzing personal injury cases. It seems AI is gaining some traction.
- It depends on two things; how you define AI and how you distinguish between great PR and actual products, says Chapman.
- There is no doubt that there is a growing discussion and to some extent understanding as to how technology generally can impact professional services. The big four accounting firms have been aware of this for some time given the way in which their audit, tax and other functions have been impacted by automation. The legal market is starting to catch up but we are still in the foothills – which is why there are such big opportunities.
What are the most common misconceptions?
- Like all technology the key is to not to be taken in and be excited by the hype, but to ask - what problem are we trying to solve?
- Having answered this question it’s possible to have a sensible conversation about the role that tech generally and AI specifically can play in the solution. We advise people to get the foundations right first – data layer, workflow and processes, reporting requirements … before trying AI solutions. There is a danger that jumping straight to AI can be like building a roof having not put the foundations, walls and joists in first. Getting the foundations right ensures that a function is AI enabled.
Earlier this year, IBM told me Go is too open and complex for computers. Just weeks later, AlphaGo famously beat Go champion Lee Sedol. It seems we constantly have to revise our expectations?
- A lot of the technology emerging appears as if it is an overnight sensation… but it’s not, it’s been in development for decades! There is no doubt that we are living through an exciting and transformational period which will impact all business models over the next 10 to 15 years.
What are the main limiting factors regarding innovation in the legal sector? Regulation? Culture? Awareness?
- There is no one answer to this. It is so situational. Interestingly, the trend we’re seeing is that the in-house legal team is under such pressure to deliver more with less that it has the burning platform. As a result it is considering and adopting change at a much quicker pace than most of the supply chain (law firms). This will inevitably drive change throughout the profession over the next 5 years.
There’s been some controversy surrounding the American Bar Association’s future of legal services report, mainly regarding vagueness and the lack of involvement of tech people. Is collaboration between lawyers and IT professionals important?
- Collaboration across all functions is important. However, in a world of configuration - not coding - it is not necessary for lawyers to become coders. The emerging tech and AI will increasingly allow professionals, with competent Microsoft Office level skills, to embed their domain expertise in solutions. This is a game changer.
Some law schools have started teaching IT skills to prepare students for "the new normal"...
- Understanding data, reporting and metrics will become an absolute necessity. Lawyers who cannot tell their customers the story told by the data around their legal requirements and cases will find the world moving increasingly away from them.
Sweden is a small country with a small language. How do you see the Nordic market?
- One of the great things about the world we’re in is that we can all build global businesses, using tech, from our bedrooms. We are only limited by our imagination, courage and stamina. What fun!
How do civil law jurisdicitions differ from common law ones, from a legal tech perspective?
- In our experience not at all!
Legaltech.se will reveal the winners of the inaugural swedish legal innovation awards at LegalWorks inhouse legal tech day 2016. You're scheduled to give a keynote speech, what issues will you adress?
- The key theme is that in the world emerging customers are the big winners. Whether they are consumers, small businesses or large corporations tomorrow customers, using a range of virtual assistants and tech tools, will be able to do a lot of what is today delivered by the supply chain. We are at the start of disintermediation in the legal market, says Chapman.
The event is aimed at counsels at legal departments. How can they use virtual assistants and similar tools today?
- General Counsel and in-house leaders either use our managed service solutions to free their team to move further up the value curve - i.e. to focus on key tactical and strategic matters - and license our technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their own function. One of the key strengths of Kim, our technology subsidiary, is that it is easy to use and configure plus it delivers comprehensive management information and reporting. It allows GCs and in-house teams to make better and quicker decisions.
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Ashurst has announced the launch of a global team – Ashurst Advance – with a mission to make the firm more efficient and better at adopting new technologies. - Clearly clients are focused on driving efficiency in their legal engagement. Technology is one integral solution to that, as well as providing transparency and reducing risk, says director Mark Higgs.
Framväxten av självlärande datorsystem som kan utföra allt mer sofistikerade arbetsuppgifter har fått många att oroa sig för framtiden.