Gen AI Legal Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayLexisNexis Legal & Professional has announced that Lexis+ AI is now generally available for UK customers. The solution was available under the commercial preview in January. Following the success of that preview, it is now fully available. LexisNexis has already revealed that Irwin Mitchell was one of the early customers and is seeing benefits from the generative AI-powered solution. The general availability in the UK follows that in Australia and the USA, where it was first launched.

Where this solution stands out is that it has been able to source information from the huge repository of data that LexisNexis holds. Lexis+ AI presents lawyers and their teams with an easy-to-use interface. They can interact with it using a natural language to obtain and iterate answers. The solution provides users with fully encrypted, secure interactions and with accurate results in seconds.

Gerry Duffy, Managing Director of LexisNexis UK, said, “This is a pivotal moment in the history of the UK legal industry. We are delighted to deliver a generative AI solution that will safely and securely enable our customers’ success. We have had unprecedented levels of interest in Lexis+ AI from our market and as of today, many of our customers will be enjoying the competitive advantage of having access to our rich and authoritative content combined with our leading AI technology.”

The solution has been created with input from leading firms such as Macfarlanes, Eversheds Sutherland (International), Pinsent Masons and CMS UK. The process has meant that the product delivers the use cases that bring the biggest benefits to lawyers in terms of time saved. Furthermore, the generative AI capability enables the solution to pull information, with citations, faster, and one might argue do it better than most lawyers can.

Lexis+ AI

Lexis+ AI offers legal teams four capabilities:

  • Conversational search: Conversational search will enable lawyers to ask legal questions and receive answers with citations linked to the references. This will help free up time from colleagues, especially experts in the business.
  • Document drafting: The document drafting facility will provide a first draft for lawyers for contract clauses and client communications. Where required, the lawyer can alter the tone of the communication to suit the context. This can save considerable time as they merely review and change rather than having to create documentation from scratch.
  • Summarisation: Case law summarisation will speed up the time often required to bring together information from cases. It can summarise historical cases the lawyer might be interested in without them having to read through every piece of content. Citations are provided should the lawyer wish to dive deeper, cite or verify against hallucinations.
  • Document upload: As new cases come in, documents can be quickly uploaded to the systems and ingested onto the platform. Subsequently, lawyers can ask natural language questions about the information ingested. LexisNexis+ AI can analyse and then summarise the information and extract any key insights or anomalies from the documentation.

Eleanor Windsor, Partner, Director of Knowledge Management at Irwin Mitchell, commented, “As we embark on our digital transformation journey, we wanted to partner with an organisation we knew and trusted. We wanted an AI solution that would allow our lawyers to add more value to our clients through an efficient and frictionless client experience. We selected Lexis+ AI as it is the most advanced, legally-trained AI solution on the market. It will enable us to maximise the value of the legal intelligence we already access from LexisNexis.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

Perhaps disappointingly, there was very little new information about how LexisNexis has improved the solution since it was made available in January. Also, there was no updated quote from Windsor to indicate any early successes. Or feedback from the lawyers using the system.

Lexis+ AI is a game changer for the legal profession, as has been seen already in the US. It may take time for the full benefits to be seen. And how legal firms and teams will evolve as a result of this introduction of four real generative AI use cases.

The solution’s AI capabilities were built internally at LexisNexis with world-leading tech partnerships. Enabling the company to rapidly introduce new features and technology. And provide customers with a seamlessly integrated experience across the LexisNexis ecosystem.

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