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Bott and Co partners with University of Manchester to launch innovative AI project
  • May 2, 2019
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Bott and Co partners with University of Manchester to launch innovative AI project.

Technology to enhance law firm’s flight delay process
Leading South Manchester-based law firm, Bott and Co, has been selected to partner with The University of Manchester (UoM) to launch a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), which will incorporate ground-breaking artificial intelligence technology into the firm.
This partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme. KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base.
This promising Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.
The 30-month project will involve embedding a state-of-the-art platform for legal text mining and predictive modelling into Bott and Co’s flight delay workflow process, enhancing efficiencies, productivity and the customer journey. More specifically, this will involve a combination of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques which will enhance decision making, reduce wasted costs and improve service delivery.
Bott and Co is the UK’s most experienced and trusted authority on flight delay compensation and has won two landmark cases at the Supreme Court.  The new technology will enable the firm to not only enhance its flight delay compensation process but to break into other areas of consumer law.
Paul Hinchliffe, Managing Partner, Bott and Co says: “As a consumer-focused law firm, we invest heavily in technology to provide the most efficient processes, so we can continue to deliver cost effective access to justice and excellence in customer service.
We are looking forward to forging a strong partnership with The University of Manchester who are world leaders in their field. The legal sector is going through change so staying ahead of the technology curve is important to us.”
The firm will be working closely with Professor Sophia Ananiadou, Director of the National Centre for Text Mining and Turing Fellow, and Dr Andre Freitas, both from the University of Manchester, School of Computer Science.
Professor Sophia Ananiadou, University of Manchester says: “Our research in text mining over many years has always been conducted with a view to discovering hidden knowledge, helping to solve practical problems, increasing productivity and contributing to innovation and growth, particularly in collaboration with business and industry. Our project with Bott and Co takes us into a new area that will benefit both the legal community and the public.”
Bott and Co is committed to developing innovative software solutions which assist in its delivery of legal services in areas traditionally seen as not commercially viable. The firm is only one of a handful of law firms across the UK to have been selected for the partnership.  
The partnership will involve the recruitment of a KTP Associate – a Post Graduate, who will work within the law firm’s Software Development Team full time. The University launches the recruitment process today with a view to the Associate starting in Summer 2019.
To find out more about the Natural Language Processing KTP Associate recruitment opportunity please visit click here