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AI will free-up solicitors, report says
- Jan 2, 2019
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) will free up solicitors from lower-level work to carry out more complex tasks, a new report concludes.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published a paper which looks at innovations in technology affecting the legal service sector. The report shows that rapid developments in AI will mostly be focused on back-office functions, addressing out the less complex work.
This will allow solicitors to focus on more complex parts of a case or increase their capacity to engage with clients and potential clients.
Using AI for legal services could also see firms reduce their costs as overheads for ‘virtual’ parts of a business are lower. And attitudes about using new technology will change as it becomes more commonplace.
The paper also outlines the quality of legal work carried out by computers. While it is not 100 percent accurate in various tests, it has never proven any less accurate than work carried out by humans. In some cases, it is more so. However, while in one test it took real-life lawyers 92 minutes to complete a task, AI finished the job in 26 seconds.