£3m is to be allocated to research, under the AI and Data Grand Challenge announced in last year’s industrial strategy.
The study is to be conducted by Professor John Armour of Oxford University. He will be looking into how the existing barriers preventing the development of AI technology in the legal services can be removed, so to unlock the tech’s true potential.
The research will include what training and education should be provided to ensure lawyers become properly engaged with the technology, as well as providing some legal training for the programmers.
David Gauke, Lord Chancellor:
‘Ensuring our world-leading legal services industry remains the primary choice for international businesses as we prepare to leave the European Union is a priority for this government.
‘Widespread use of Artificial Intelligence is set to transform the £24bn sector, allowing innovative companies to accurately review contracts at high speed and develop ground-breaking tools that could be used to help predict case outcomes.
This new funding will foster innovation and increase understanding of AI to strengthen the UK’s reputation as a global centre for legal services and emerging technologies.’
The projects begin next month and will run for three years.