Harvey Chatbot, you’re hired! In a sign of the speed at which AI is permeating the practice of law, a Magic Circle law firm with offices around the globe is now providing its lawyers with access to AI tools to speed the delivery of legal services. Should lawyers fear ChatGPT and other AI tools? We will find out sooner rather than later, as the penetration of AI tools in all sectors is proceeding at warp speed. Harvey chatbot, let’s see what you’ve got!
“Magic Circle law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has embraced a new ChatGPT-style tool to assist lawyers with various aspects of legal work. The new platform, dubbed ‘Harvey’, is designed to increase efficiency by helping lawyers with tedious tasks such as contract analysis, due diligence, litigation and regulatory compliance. Over 3,500 of A&O’s lawyers will have access to the new super-paralegal, which the firm says will enable them to create and access legal information with improved speed and quality across multiple offices and languages. The tool uses a combination of natural language processing, machine learning and data analytics to automate and streamline the more formulaic aspects of legal work. The firm does stress, however, that all output is carefully reviewed and fact checked by lawyers.”