London, — June 2020 — vLex Justis and Mishcon de Reya today announced a collaboration to research the application of artificial intelligence and natural language processing technologies to legal content.
Online publishing has led to an explosion in the availability of case law and legislation. Improved access to primary authorities is good for lawyers and good for their clients, but the sheer volume of content presents unprecedented challenges for anyone seeking to research and navigate the law.
Advanced machine learning and natural language processing technologies offer novel opportunities to tackle the problem. vLex Justis and MDR LAB will be working together to explore how state of the art AI algorithms can be used to add semantic meaning to unstructured, long-form legal texts.
“We’ve been looking for a partner on this for a long time and we’re delighted to begin working with the team at Mishcon de Reya”, says Robin Chesterman, Global Head of Product at vLex Justis. “It’s a perfect fit. We have assembled the largest database of common law material in the world, and Mishcon de Reya have assembled a machine learning team second to none. The vLex Justis mission is to build legal research tools that allow our users to do their best work, and we are proud to continue running at the very edge of what’s possible when you combine technology with raw legal material.”
“We’re passionate about delving into problems that need solving for the benefit of our clients and our business,” says Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer at Mishcon de Reya. “Machine Learning technologies are transforming how lawyers work, enabling them to gather insights from data corpora much quicker and more efficiently than using largely manual historic processes. Working with vLex Justis and their outstanding content and technology, we have the chance to explore together a number of use cases for the application of machine learning to legal text.”
About vLex Justis:
vLex Justis provides access to an exclusive, up-to-date and comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex Justis continues to support thousands of lawyers, law firms, government departments and law schools around the world. Today, vLex Justis, along with their parent company, vLex, is known for developing technology to disseminate legal information on a global scale, with a team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts based in offices around the world who are continually striving to provide up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.
About Mishcon de Reya:
In times of such far-reaching and profound change we want to be the law firm that enables our clients — and our own people — to shape the world’s possibilities.
We are here to help our clients benefit from new economies, new geographic centers of wealth, the new global movement of people and capital, and the impact of new technologies and new knowledge.
Our purpose remains rooted in our founding values. We have always been driven by an entrepreneurial, tenacious and socially conscious spirit: one that has always embraced change in order to stay relevant and shape the future.
From our offices in London and Singapore, we still counsel clients around the world with the same vision, dedication and passion that we set out with. We continue to fight for freedoms, settle disputes, protect assets and grow businesses. We fiercely guard our clients’ interests and appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside them as a trusted advisor.
However, we believe that lawyers must move from the age of instruction to the age of anticipation: to be pro-active, harness the law’s potential and unlock possibilities others do not see, and to champion diversity, innovation and sustainability.