Month: November 2018

AI and law firms

Artificial Intelligence and what it means for law firms…

Search “What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)” on Google and you’ll get more answers than you can shake a stick at. Ask what that means in law firms and you’ll be there for hours…
A simple explanation is:
“the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.”
So, it’s all about computers having inbuilt “intelligence”, that enables them to learn from experience and to thereby improve their […]

Workflow for law firms

What is workflow? Tips on how can it be applied in your law firm…

Although workflow originated in the manufacturing sector, where good processes are essential to the smooth running of a factory, it applies equally well to a law firm. Just thinking about your own firm. Are there many repeatable activities that happen in sequence occurring every time a new client is signed up, a new case is taken on or a new assignment is carried out?
Wikepedia says:
“A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic […]

Machine learning

Machine learning? How can a machine learn…

Artificial intelligence is a much used (and hyped) term, as is the concept of machine learning. How can a machine learn?  Doesn’t it have to be programmed to follow a decision tree and do exactly as it is told?  That is true of ‘expert systems’ but machine learning is designed to produce outcomes that it has been ‘taught’, sometimes reinforced many times, until it reaches a point where it deduces from its learning experience what is required in a new situation.
There, […]

money laundering

How legal firms can avoid being caught out by money laundering regulations…

In June of this year, in the Times “The Brief” it was reported that solicitor regulators were sending out guidance to law firm leaders on how they could avoid being caught out by strengthened money laundering regulations from Whitehall.
Follow the lead of a Dorset-based law firm who contracted Legal Workflow to create an interface between their case management system and the online payments system?
It’s a very simple – but fool-proof – solution. The figure to be paid is […]