Legal Data Collaboration Leader HighQ Launches ‘AI Hub’

Legal data collaboration platform HighQ is launching a new offering that it hopes will become ‘the natural interface for multiple AI engines’, called the ‘AI Hub’.

Stuart Barr, Chief Product & Strategy Officer, showcased how the AI Hub allows HighQ’s AI functionality and supported third-party AI engines to be integrated seamlessly into processes and workflows within its platform today at the legal tech company’s annual client event in London (23 May).

Stuart Barr, CPSO, HighQ

So far, HighQ has integrated with leading legal AI doc review company, Kira Systems. This enables clients to push documents from HighQ into Kira for NLP analysis. The two companies have also collaborated in Australia last year, along with Neota Logic and leading law firm, Allens, to build a new AI-driven property tool (see story here) which relies heavily on collaboration and sharing data from one application to another as value and insights are added and generated.

This is a process that Kira and Neota have termed ‘bricolage‘ and underpins the idea that legal tech companies need to work together to provide clients with a more holistic outcome that brings together the benefits of multiple technologies in one place, something that HighQ no doubt certainly supports.

In terms of the new application, HighQ will work with an AI company, then store the enriched data from its NLP analysis in the ‘AI Hub’. Clients can then access the data and visualise it graphically, displaying financial figures and fees, a breakdown of documents by class and language, or the document status, among other aspects.

The value of graphical UX/UI capabilities should not be underestimated. Artificial Lawyer has received market feedback that some law firms have chosen one AI company over another simply on the basis of a better graphical display of results. Hence, HighQ’s involvement here is of great importance.

This capability is also ideal for automating and simplifying transaction-based processes like due diligence, large property deals and legal project management, said the company.

‘The AI Hub is part of a strategy that we’ve been articulating to our clients for quite a while. The idea is that you will plug in different AI engines such as Kira and use our common interface to push work to those engines and get it back. It represents another significant advancement in our product as we attempt to simplify and improve the client experience and transform the delivery of legal services,’ said Barr.

The HighQ Forum in London has also showcased other updates to its Collaborate and Publisher products.

The new ‘Collaborate 4.4’ offers new Microsoft Office 365 integration with real time document editing using Office Online, powerful advancements to its data visualisation engine and more. Publisher 4.7 includes a People Directory that can be added to intranets and websites to help clients connect with legal talent or employees to find co-workers through a variety of criteria. It also adds the ability to push online forms data into Collaborate’s iSheets module, building an even tighter alignment between the products, said the company.

In addition, Collaborate 4.4 and Publisher 4.7 include tools and mechanisms that can be used to comply with various requirements of GDPR, which comes into force on the 25 May.

Overall, what this suggests is a growing demand from the market for the new wave of legal tech companies to work together. Many firms already use HighQ and hence it makes sense to find ways for AI companies to work with the platform.