Legal AI News Round-Up: LawGeex and Luminance

Afternoon everyone, here are two legal AI news items that may be of interest. First up, LawGeex.

Legal AI Co. LawGeex Appoints Lucy Bassli as Chief Legal Strategist

Lucy Bassli, LawGeex

The Tel Aviv-based legal AI company has today announced that Lucy Bassli will be its new Chief Legal Strategist.

Bassli joins from Microsoft, where, as Assistant General Counsel, Legal Operations and Contracting, she oversaw the company’s global enterprise-wide contracting solution.

The company noted that she has also been named as an Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Value Champion, and to The National Law Journal’s roster of Outstanding Women Lawyers.

In her new role, Lucy will bring her experience to help customers ‘to extract optimal value from LawGeex, while providing strategic advice and leadership’.

The company added that as a leading innovator in the profession, she will also continue her independent work with law firms, alternative legal service providers, and in-house legal teams on improving their contract processes.

Bassli said: ‘LawGeex saw that I can bring my experience to help their customers extract optimal value from their very sexy AI solution. Yes, this was the perfect combination for me. I already found contracting sexy for years. Now with AI it is mind-blowing.’

Noory Bechor, CEO and Co-Founder of LawGeex added: ‘Lucy brings a unique combination of high-level skills. Her strategic vision and advice will be invaluable as LawGeex continues its legal revolution.’

[Editorial note: yep, Bassli did say ‘I already found contracting sexy for years’, you did not misread that.  Nice to see such enthusiasm in the legal AI / contracting space. ]

Legal AI Co. Luminance Ramps Up Security Bona Fides

Luminance, the UK-based legal AI company, has today announced its successful ISO 27001:2013 certification from BSI (the Business Standards Institution).

The company said this was with the aim of reinforcing the company’s commitment to information security and confidentiality of client data. The ISO badge is considered as a standard globally and affirms Luminance is compliant with international best practice.

Such security bona fides matter, even for a well-known company such as Luminance, given the type of data legal AI companies are handling when working on M&A matters for law firms. There is also the security focus on cloud-based processing of data where the ISO mark should also help reassure clients.

The move follows the establishment of a Security Advisory Board at the company to provide expert guidance on its information security principles. The Board consists of the former Director General of MI5, Lord Evans of Weardale (as mentioned by Artificial Lawyer, last year), alongside Jack Stockdale, Chief Technology Officer, and Dave Palmer, Director of Technology, at cyber security company Darktrace (which is also part-owned by key Luminance backer Mike Lynch and his Invoke Capital fund.)

Anne Scorey, UK Managing Director at BSI said: ‘It’s vital in today’s digital world that organisations can demonstrate that they are safeguarding sensitive information in order to gain the trust of customers.’

‘Luminance should be delighted that they have achieved certification against ISO 27001, proving that the organisation is committed to ensuring information is well managed and that it has a robust information security management system in place,’ she added.