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Artificial Intelligence

The new era: Redefining how corporate in-house legal professionals do their work

· 7 minute read

· 7 minute read

Embracing the AI revolution: Transforming corporate legal work with generative technology

As the corporate legal profession evolves, a major breakthrough is on the horizon: generative artificial intelligence (AI). AI technology is revolutionizing the way lawyers work, streamlining mundane tasks and providing more accurate and efficient solutions. We’ll take a look at how Thomson Reuters has leveraged AI technology to create new tools for corporate legal professionals, as well as the importance of data protection and ethical considerations when developing AI technology. We’ll also explore Thomson Reuters’ history with AI technology and work with Microsoft 365 Copilot.

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icon-orange abcs The role of generative AI in shaping the future of legal work

 Detailed demonstrations of AI integration in their products

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The company’s work with Microsoft and Microsoft 365 Copilot

 The importance of data and ethics in AI development



The role of generative AI in shaping the future of legal work is becoming increasingly important as technology continues to advance. Generative AI technology offers a wide range of possibilities for in-house lawyers, making processes more efficient, accurate, and cost-effective. It is transforming the way lawyers think about legal work and providing solutions to complex problems that were not previously available.

Generative AI technology can help lawyers make decisions quickly and efficiently, while also automating mundane tasks such as document review and research. This allows lawyers to focus on more substantive work, rather than spending their time on tedious paperwork. Furthermore, generative AI tools can provide more precise and comprehensive results than manual labor alone ever could. This means that lawyers have access to better data when making decisions, which can lead to improved outcomes for clients.

However, it is important to remember that AI technology cannot replace humans entirely; instead, it should be viewed as an additional tool that complements the work of humans by providing them with insights they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. As Joel Hron from Thomson Reuters states “We don’t view generative AI as a replacement or displacement necessarily of humans or jobs. We view humans as a critical component in the loop of generative AI” – emphasizing the importance of taking ethical considerations into account when developing AI tools for use in the legal profession.

Overall, generative AI has the potential to revolutionize how we approach legal work – allowing us to streamline processes while simultaneously improving accuracy and efficiency – but its full potential remains unknown until we explore its capabilities further through continued innovation in this field.

Detailed demonstrations of AI integration in their products

Thomson Reuters is a leader in the field of generative AI integration for corporate legal professionals, with cutting-edge products that provide sophisticated automated document review, predictive analytics and research tools to help lawyers save time and money when doing their work.

One of their most advanced generative AI applications on the horizon is “Ask Westlaw” which will combine powerful language models with exclusive editorial enhancements and authoritative content to give lawyers quick answers to their legal inquiries. This system uses natural language processing technology to interpret complex legal queries so that it provides more accurate results than regular search engines can.

The company’s automated document review feature also allows attorneys to quickly and accurately identify pertinent documents among large datasets. With this tool, they are able to comprehend key facts from thousands of documents in no time, while reducing human errors that may occur as a result of manual labor. Additionally, Thomson Reuters has created a predictive analytics platform powered by generative AI designed specifically for corporate counsel so they can detect potential risks and liabilities sooner, allowing them to take proactive steps in order to avoid them.

Overall, Thomson Reuters’ innovative use of generative AI technology has the capability of transforming how we approach legal work – making processes more efficient but also opening up new possibilities for corporate in-house counsel. As generative AI tech continues its advancement at an exponential rate, there are undoubtedly many exciting opportunities yet to be explored by Thomson Reuters and other providers alike in the upcoming years.

The company’s work with Microsoft and Microsoft 365 Copilot

The partnership between Thomson Reuters and Microsoft as part of the Copilot program has given rise to a cutting-edge AI-powered digital assistant called Microsoft 365 Copilot. This collaboration showcases Thomson Reuters’ extensive legal expertise, which has been instrumental in developing features such as automated document review, contract analysis, and compliance checks. Leveraging the capabilities of Microsoft’s platform, these intelligent tools seamlessly integrate into Thomson Reuters’ suite of products, enhancing the overall functionality and utility of Microsoft Office products. Although the companies are not in a formal partnership, they are working together to bring this innovative technology to the legal industry. The application of advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies is expected to drastically reduce the time lawyers spend on tedious manual tasks while also improving accuracy. By leveraging state-of-the-art AI capabilities, Thomson Reuters and Microsoft are creating an intelligent platform that can understand natural language queries to provide more accurate results than traditional search engines.

Moreover, they are also developing solutions to ensure ethical considerations such as data protection laws are considered when using this technology. This collaboration demonstrates both companies’ commitment to revolutionizing corporate legal work through the use of advanced generative AI technology. The integration of features such as automated document review, contract analysis, and compliance checks into Thomson Reuters’ products will empower lawyers to focus on higher-value activities while streamlining their daily workflow processes. With its innovative approach to applying advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, this collaboration is sure to have a lasting impact on how lawyers around the world do their jobs in years to come.

The importance of data and ethics in AI development

The development of generative AI technology is undeniably changing the legal landscape for corporate in-house legal professionals. As such, it is essential to consider data protection and ethical considerations when creating generative AI tools. Data protection laws provide a legal framework for the collection and use of personal data, as well as guidelines to ensure that this data is handled responsibly. Furthermore, ethical considerations are crucial when creating algorithms that will be used to make decisions with potentially life-altering consequences.

When developing generative AI products, transparency and explainability are key components of the process. While it may be possible to create powerful algorithms without humans understanding how they operate, it is essential that organizations can explain how their AI systems make decisions so that users can trust them. Additionally, models should be regularly tested to ensure accuracy and fairness in decision-making. If an algorithm fails an accuracy or fairness test, it should be revised or replaced accordingly until its performance meets acceptable standards.

Organizations must also consider the ethical implications of their AI products and services before implementing them. This includes considering potential harms such as privacy violations or discrimination based on race or gender biases present in data sets used to train machine learning models. It is essential to understand how these products could impact people’s lives before releasing them into the wilds of production systems – mistakes can have costly consequences if not addressed early on in development processes.

When developing generative AI technology for corporate legal professionals, organizations must consider both data protection laws and ethical issues when crafting their solutions. Transparency and explainability are necessary components for building trust in technology, while regular testing ensures accuracy and fairness in decision-making processes. Finally, organizations must consider the potential harms associated with their products before deploying them into production systems – mistakes can have costly consequences if not addressed beforehand.


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