Legal Business Blogs

Taylor Wessing engages machine learning provider Brainspace for UK disputes

In a push into disputes innovation, Taylor Wessing has started working with legal tech provider Brainspace for UK litigation analysis.

The firm has been using the Brainspace Discovery platform that uses machine learning to analyse unstructured data and provides visualisations to provide insight into analysed documents, with the tech currently being trialled on a live matter.

The work with Brainspace is the latest legal tech venture by Taylor Wessing, which also been developing its own in-house products through its TW: navigate initiative, such as working with AI provider Rainbird. Rainbird’s tech has been used in close of 2016 for legislation analysis, performing the first pieces of analysis on the Modern Slavery Act.

The firm has also been trialling other leading legal AI tools, including working with Neota Logic to create a client app to analyse Persons with Significant Control Rules changes in April last year.

Taylor Wessing chief operating officer Rachel Reid told Legal Business: ‘Our clients have been hugely engaged with both of these products, they can take control of the actions and really understand what they need to do within their business. It demystifies it to a large extent.’

Taylor Wessing is the second firm to confirm it has been working with Brainspace, with CMS Cameron McKenna launching a new litigation technology business, CMS Evidence, and adopting the technology under disputes head Guy Pendell.

The firm is also currently trialling artificial intelligence due diligence tools such as RAVN, Kira and Luminance as well as real estate tool Leverton.

Taylor Wessing has a long established presence in UK innovation hubs such as Cambridge, and in 2011 also opened up a small office to service the UK’s ‘Tech City’ near Shoreditch.

The firm has also added several leading practitioners to bulk out its technology offering, hiring Latham & Watkins TMC partner Martin Cotterill last year as well as Bird & Bird corporate technology partner Angus Miln.

While the new ventures show Taylor Wessing pushing forward its New Law efforts, the firm previously shelved its document review business New Street Solutions, bringing the project back in-house after a mooted £5m funding round in 2012.

For more on the latest legal AI developments, see ‘The arms race’

Read more: ‘No more Taylor Who? Flair and a bit of vision take Taylor Wessing to next step but what now?’