How law firms are staying on top of the latest in artificial intelligence technology

Tech chiefs at firms including Links, Latham, CC and A&O assess the impact of AI on law


Law firms are systematically pitched by a host of eager technology companies, proclaiming the benefits of what artificial intelligence systems (AI) can do for them. The argument is simple: AI allows computers to mimic cognitive functions of the human brain, notably learning and problem solving, which can (or one day, will) enable law firms to save time and money while offering clients a quicker service.

Indeed, some systems already do just that. But the reality is more complex, and less certain. “AI means different things to different people: it is a suite of emerging technologies,” says Ian McFiggans, deputy global chief information officer (CIO) at Hogan Lovells.

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