find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Legal AI targets repetitive client issues

Legal AI targets repetitive client issues

Jodie Baker, Hive Legal

The artificial intelligence ‘sweet spot’ in the legal industry is where legal expertise can be combined with technology to solve clients’ repetitive problems, according to a NewLaw firm founder.

Speaking with Lawyers Weekly, the managing director and founder of Hive Legal, Jodie Baker (pictured), said there is a place in the legal market where artificial intelligence can thrive.

“That sweet spot is where the clients can really find something that’s going to change the level of efficiency that they can achieve,” Ms Baker said.

“So it’s looking for those areas where there are repetitive issues but it’s not commoditised.”

Ms Baker said repetitive issues often arise in highly regulated industries and lawyers can improve their efficiency, as well as their clients’, by embracing artificial intelligence.

“It’s finding that space where artificial intelligence tools can allow lawyers to navigate through complex regulatory frameworks smoothly.”

Ms Baker said artificial intelligence tools will be of huge benefit to in-house teams.

“It is really important for in-house teams to be able to access AI tools so that they can continue to do more with the same resources they've got now,” she said.

“The regulatory frameworks are getting more complex and they need a way of being able to navigate those regulatory frameworks in a more efficient manner.”

For private practice firms, there will probably be more variance when it comes to the level and speed of uptake.

“Different firms are going to have different strategies, they're going to offer different things to clients and their focus on technology will be different depending on what that strategy looks like,” Ms Baker said.

“There will be some firms that embrace it, some that dabble in it and some that ignore it, but that’s true of any major change in an industry and it’s to be expected.”

Ms Baker said she can understand why some firms are slow on the uptake.

“It’s a huge area, it’s a really big thing to get your head around and I think it’s going to be lumpy,” she said.

“It’s a really tricky thing to divert resources away from what you know works and take the plunge in to an unknown area, so there's always going to be early adopters and late adopters.”

Hive Legal recently partnered with artificial intelligence provider Neota Logic to launch the Hive Legal Super App, which assists regulated superannuation funds to streamline and bring greater consistency to their breach assessment process.

“We see it as one of our jobs as a NewLaw participant to really understand those technology tools and be able to offer up the solutions, bring the legal expertise in to the appropriate tool and then deliver it out to the clients,” she said.

“The superannuation industry is one of those highly regulated complex areas so it is well suited to something like this.”

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Legal AI targets repetitive client issues
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice
Dec 15 2017
Timing ‘critical’ in unusual contempt of court ruling
A recent case could have interesting implications for contempt of court rulings, according to a Ferr...
Dec 14 2017
International arbitration and business culture
Promoted by Maxwell Chambers. This article discusses the impact of international arbitration on t...
Papua New Guinea flag
Dec 14 2017
World-first mining case launched in PNG
Citizens of Papua New Guinea have launched landmark legal proceedings against the country’s govern...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...