Leading firms collaborate to develop AI-based tech that assesses arguments in litigation

West: Collaboration will accelerate pace of change

Three leading law firms are collaborating with an Israeli legal tech start-up to develop and test a litigation platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automate legal research and argument assessment in relation to High Court applications.

LitiGate, which describes itself as a ‘claims analysis solution’, said it approached Taylor Wessing, Baker McKenzie and Mishcon de Reya because of their “extensive experience in dispute resolution and continued investment in technology”.

The company said its platform “uses state-of-the-art machine-learning algorithms to autonomously review arguments, suggest counter arguments and fall-backs, and recommend preferred procedural steps”.

Nimrod Aharon, CEO of LitiGate, said: “These are exciting times revolutionising legal research as we know it. Our partners do not settle for ‘our lawyers are smarter than the ones across the street’; they take proactive actions to reduce fees and find innovative ways to deliver top-tier legal services to their clients.

“Together with our partners, we have formed a unique community of highly ranked global law firms, investing their expertise and resources to provide the first AI arguments analysis platform.”

Taylor Wessing partner Laurence Lieberman said: “We are constantly looking for innovative solutions that will maximise efficiency to ensure the best outcomes for our clients, and reduce the overall cost of litigation.

“Collaborating with LitiGate is a perfect fit for us, and forms part of our wider commitment to investing in technology. We are excited to be working with the LitiGate team and other partner firms, to help explore the benefits of this potentially game-changing product for our disputes and investigations team.”

LitiGate is one of five start-ups to have joined Mishcon de Reya’s incubator MDR LAB this year. Nick West, the firm’s chief technology officer, said he was looking forward to collaborating with Taylor Wessing and Baker McKenzie.

“We think that collaboration amongst firms can only help to accelerate the pace of change in legal.”

The second cohort for MDR LAB was announced this week following a pitch day in March, where 16 companies presented their products and ideas.

Over 10 weeks, LitiGate and the others will have access to Mishcon de Reya lawyers and other business experts from inside and outside the firm for advice, mentorship and education.

The other four are:

Thirdfort: London-based ThirdFort is at product development stage with its product: a web-hosted software platform facilitating exchange of money in property transactions.

DealWIP: Based in New York, it has a user-stage product – an integrated legal workspace platform for transactional lawyers.

Digitory Legal: Based in San Francisco, it has a user-stage product – a pricing prediction and management tool for litigators. Using historical data and industry trends, it helps customers understand what legal matters cost and why.

LawPanel: This London company is also at user-stage with its online trademark management platform, designed to allow firms to deliver more of their services online.

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