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A lawyer’s guide to AI risks and benefits
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29 Mar 2022 / technology Print

A lawyer’s guide to AI risks and benefits

A guide for EU lawyers and law firms on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in legal practice has been produced by the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and the European Lawyers Foundation (ELF).

The guide was launched on 31 March to EU officials and Bars’ representatives, as well as lawyers.

The tool is the result of two years of work under the framework of the AI4Lawyers project, co-funded by the European Union justice programme.

Legal-tech providers are developing a range of tools to facilitate legal analysis, the reduction of repetitive tasks and speedier judicial processes.

The guide will help lawyers to better understand the use of AI and other novel technologies in their daily practice, with an educational and practical approach.

“AI is about to infiltrate many aspects of people’s daily lives,” explains the CCBE.

Challenges

The event also offered the opportunity to address the challenges posed by the digitalisation of justice, the digital transformation of law firms, and the use of AI in justice.

CCBE President James MacGuill said: “I am convinced that the guide will be of great assistance to the legal profession, by offering them practical advice to better adapt to a more digital society. 

“The use of new technologies can for instance facilitate the business processes of small firms, but also give rise to some challenges and risks.”

MacGuill added that, as well as an insight into AI’s exciting opportunities, the guide will also focus on risks and benefits for small law firms.

Please register at: event@ccbe.eu indicating whether you wish to participate online or in person.

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