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Marginal gains are massively overlooked in legal service delivery. And it’s a shame. Marginal gains are about making small incremental improvements to a process (or product, ability or habit etc) which, when added together, make a significant improvement. But legal innovation often ignores it. Why? We’ll find out. We’ll also provide an easy intro to a few mental models that can identify and deliver these gains within your legal organisation, whether law firm or in-house!…
Document automation has been around for decades. It is often a “no brainer” for many legal use cases and organisations. Yet it is often unfairly overlooked. We caught up with Avvoka to discuss the challenges and opportunities of document automation, who are the sponsors and the laggards, how to build beachheads for automation and ultimately deliver significant legal process efficiencies. For those living under a rock (or a stack of contracts), Avvoka, is a leading…
Explainable AI solves the black box problem. This is the idea that some, in particular machine learning-based, AI systems are black boxes. We can see what goes into the blackbox, e.g. a photograph of a cat, and what comes out of the AI system, e.g. a labelled version of the photograph, but we don’t easily understand how and why the system made that determination. Lawtomated employee, Baloo, being classified by an AI image classifer. What…
Our objective If you studied math at school until at least 16 years old, chances are you studied the fundamentals of machine learning, what we commonly describe as artificial intelligence (AI) today. We’ll teach you this via linear regression. But first a question: do you remember calculating line of best fit during algebra class? © Maths Is Fun If you answered “yes” (even if you don’t remember how you did it) then this tutorial is…
There are only two types of trick Tricks for magicians, and magic for everyone else. And there are only two types of innovative technologies. Those for technologists and those for everyone else. That’s it. The best magicians master methods, know their audience and are guided by effect. The same is true for the best technologists, start-ups and innovators. Know your audience Tricks for magicians focus on method. Tricks for audiences obsess over effect; how an…
The problem  Getting a divorce is never easy. The process for divorcing and separating in England and Wales is a broken model. The emotional and financial cost is extremely high for individuals, families and society. It’s estimated that half a million people divorce or separate in England and Wales each year and the cost of family breakdown to the UK taxpayer is estimated to be as much as £51 billion annually.  Historically, traditional routes to…
Our most frequently asked questions are: What coding language should I learn? Where can I learn how to code? How do I learn coding? In this series of articles, we will set out our advice and answers to these questions. In this part 3 we collate our favourite hacks concerning how to think about learning to code. Understanding how to go about your studies will pay dividends in terms of your progression, motivation and ultimate…
Our most frequently asked questions are: What coding language should I learn? Where can I learn how to code? How do I learn coding? Why should I learn to code? Here we will see out our advice and answers to these questions. So which language(s) should you learn and why plus what are some of the key differences? Why is this question tricky? Two words: opinions and trends. Like anything, coding is highly opinionated. Coding…
Our most frequently asked questions are: What coding language should I learn? Where can I learn how to code? How do I learn coding? Here we will see out our advice and answers to these questions. But first, let’s start with why. It’s our least asked, but most important, question. Why do you want to learn to code? As Simon Sinek‘s bestseller and massively popular TedTalk, “Start With Why” posits, too…
We love a good movie. Better still, we love a movie that makes us think. Ford vs Ferrari (or Le Mans ’66 in its European release) is both. It teaches valuable, but often ignored, lessons in legal innovation. BigLaw can learn lots from Ford vs Ferari. So too can any legal organisation embarking on digital transformation or business transformation. Let’s find out why! Ford vs Ferrari The 2019 film “Ford v. Ferrari,” recreates…