find the latest legal job
Partners and Senior Specialist Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Australia
· Earn 70% of billings and fixed referral incentives · Full practice flexibility & freedom
View details
Partners and Senior Specialist Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Australia
· Earn 70% of billings and fixed referral incentives · Full practice flexibility & freedom
View details
Litigation Associate / Senior Associate
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· 4 years + PQE · Varied work
View details
Commercial Litigation Lawyer
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· 3 - 7 years PAE with very strong technical skills · Technical and personal development
View details
Senior Lawyer
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Haymarket NSW 2000
· Play an integral part in launching Employsure's law firm
View details
Firm to provide tool 'unlike anything in the market'

Firm to provide tool 'unlike anything in the market'

James Whittaker

A national firm has entered into a joint venture with a Canadian start-up to launch a new entity, designed to provide a unique service to Australian and New Zealand markets.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, together with Beagle, has announced the launch of Beagle Asia Pacific Pty Ltd – a new entity established to provide practical and accessible artificial intelligence technology.

Corrs partner James Whittaker (pictured) said the 50-50 joint venture is set to “revolutionise the way Australian and New Zealand companies are using AI technology”, with Beagle’s software and productivity tools offering companies a “scalable and affordable product unlike anything currently available in the market”.

“This is an AI-based narrative review, which gives clients the benefits of AI without having to commit to the expensive and lengthy process which is the current norm,” said Mr Whittaker.

“Up until this point, many companies have had to rule out using AI for contract analysis because they haven’t had the scale or the budget.

“Beagle’s software addresses this market gap and, rather than being confined to use within legal departments, it can create benefits right across the enterprise structure, from legal to procurement, contract administration and management, risk, insurance, IT and IP.”

According to Beagle founder Cian O’Sullivan, Beagle’s technology is able to digest and identify important elements within text at approximately one page per second. The platform augments a user’s ability to make appropriate decisions and does so in a way that increases the uniformity of these decisions in accordance with the organisation’s policies and procedures, he said.

“Instead of adopting the common reactive approach of other software platforms in the market, which look at what a company has agreed to previously, this platform is focused on quickly learning what is needed by a company based on its own policies and culture, and then helping decision-makers stay within those boundaries,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

“This approach drastically improves corporate compliance and provides exceptional transparency, in fractions of the time currently invested.”

Corrs partner and CEO John Denton AO said the joint venture reflects the firm’s strategy to embrace technology and pioneer new ways of adding value.

“At Corrs, we recognise the continued and increasing importance that technology is playing throughout the business landscape – both in legal departments and more broadly. Our aim is to be at the forefront of these changes, to catalyse them,” he said.

“The key to ensuring we thrive in the shifting delivery of legal services is to ensure our innovations deliver value to the market.

“At times, this extends beyond our immediate client base, and our joint venture with Beagle is a great example of this.”

Beagle Asia Pacific Pty Ltd is being introduced to the market as a pilot program for a select number of Corrs’ clients.

The software will eventually be available to all businesses in Australia and New Zealand, not just Corrs' clients.

Artificial intelligence will be one of the many topics discussed at the inaugural Lawyers Weekly Future Forum. 

The event will be held in Sydney on 9 November and in Melbourne on 11 November. For more information, click here

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

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

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Firm to provide tool 'unlike anything in the market'
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
new role with SA judicial appointment, scales of justice
Jan 15 2018
Worker's comp expert takes on new role with SA judicial appointment
An Adelaide barrister has been appointed deputy president of the South Australian Employment Tribuna...
Scales of Justice, NSW Bar Association
Jan 16 2018
New case management approach won’t beat backlog: NSW Bar Association
The New South Wales Bar Association says a new case management approach will fail to make a signific...
Jan 12 2018
E-discovery predictions for 2018
Promoted by Law In Order The outlook for early adopters of e-discovery in legal looks bright in 2...
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 & ...