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Deus ex machina: Riverview Law targets in-house with legal tech consultancy

Alternative legal services provider Riverview Law has launched a new service in a bid to help in-house teams develop automated legal processes.

Referred to as its ‘Solutions Prototyping Consultancy‘, Riverview is targeting large global corporations and mid-sized companies with the aim of helping them develop a technology-driven operating model.

The firm will draw teams comprising lawyers, automation experts, data analysts, facilitators and project managers to develop a live prototype, configured to each organisation, covering instruction management, triage, case management, document creation along with activity, quality and risk reporting, under one umbrella.

According to Riverview, it will take just four weeks to create a live ‘proof of concept’, with the end result ‘an operating model that ensures legal work is undertaken by the right people, in the right place, in the right way, at the right time and at the right price, whether that work is undertaken in-house or by external providers.’

The statement adds: ‘It also enables in-house legal functions to establish a clearer understanding as to how technology, workflow automation, reporting and data visualisations can help make their function more effective and efficient on a sustainable basis.’

‘Most businesses are, or are becoming, technology-led. Riverview Law is no exception to this,’ said chief executive Karl Chapman (pictured). ‘However, on its own being a technology-led business, from automation and visualisations through to artificial intelligence, is of limited value without legal domain expertise…We are launching [this service] following demand from customers and after running a number of these prototyping sessions with global corporations. The results delivered in four weeks always exceed expectations.’

This latest development follows Riverview Law’s recent acquisition of New Jersey-based knowledge automation business CliXLEX, which allowed the firm to launch a second US office in August.

This consultancy launch follows recent push by major UK firms into non-legal services, with Eversheds expanded its consulting services business – Eversheds Consulting – in February this year, with the launch of a financial services regulatory compliance offering.

Bird & Bird and RPC also unveiled moves into non-legal consultancy, with Bird & Bird in February establishing an IT project consultancy, and RPC unveiling a new insurance sector consultancy business, focusing on management issues.

More recently, Addleshaw Goddard launched AG Consulting to provide a range of new services to general counsel and in-house legal teams, including panel and risk management.