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Daniel Hoadley on the future of Legal AI for Law Society Gazette

Posted on 17 January 2023

In a watershed moment, the first case at The Old Bailey supported by commercial legal machine-learning technology was last year’s trial of James Watson for the 1994 murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in Peterborough.

Although there have been 'false starts' on when artificial intelligence will become mainstream in law, Law Society Gazette interviewed Head of Data Science and Analytics Daniel Hoadley to discuss the likelihood of 2023 being a 'breakout year' for the technology.

At the moment, AI is mainly being used to manage transactional data and not client-focused areas. Daniel cautioned that, ‘You can only leverage this type of AI if you’re willing to send your client data over the wire.'

He is also sceptical of how useful a system trained presumably on mostly North American data would be in specialist areas of England and Wales Law. ‘As interesting as the GPT family are, and they are very interesting, you’re not going to get many firms deploying them on anything relying on client data.’

Read the full article, Artificial intelligence debuts at the Old Bailey, on the Law Society Gazette website.

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