Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states: ‘For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,’ and that is certainly true of the current global lockdown and the impact it has had on the legal world.
In response we have seen wave after wave of law firms and tech companies offering tools and services to the market, often using a freemium business model. In fact, there have been so many it’s hard to keep up. So, Artificial Lawyer is going to start grouping some of them together to make everyone’s lives a bit more efficient. Here is Volume 1.
Diligen Expands Force Majeure/COVID-19 Contract Review to 5 Additional Languages
Legal AI doc analysis company, Diligen, has announced that the platform will provide force majeure and related provision analysis in five additional languages: German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.
For clients reviewing contracts for force majeure in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this multi-language capability is available at no additional cost.
‘This announcement is a significant expansion of our capabilities – we will be the only ones in the world offering all those languages out of the box – i.e. no training time required,’ Laura van Wyngaarden, Co-founder and COO, told Artificial Lawyer.
The expansion of Diligen’s language support will mean teams reviewing contracts in multiple languages will not need to spend time teaching the platform to understand provisions in these languages, the company emphasised.
‘The current outbreak of COVID-19 requires law firms to be in a position to provide timely advice to their clients when they need it,’ van Wyngaarden, added.
And this will certainly help.
Legatics Offers All New Customers Free Access to Entire Platform for Next 6 Months
Legal transaction management platform, Legatics, is offering all new customers full access to its entire platform for free for the next 6 months.
New customers will have full access to Legatics’ entire suite of deal management tools, including its checklist, bibling, issues lists, KYC, and signing and completion modules, for free until 30 September 2020.
Legatics hopes its offer will ease the burden on lawyers and their clients working remotely by providing greater collaboration and coordination on their deals.
Daniel Porus, Chief Commercial Officer at Legatics, said: ‘We are mindful that during these unprecedented times, a wholesale shift to remote working has put a strain on core IT infrastructure for law firms and their clients, and added challenges to coordinating remote teams.’
Libryo Offers Free Access to the Latest COVID-19 Related UK Law
Legal Ops Platform, Kim, Offers Free ‘Legal Assistant’ Until December 2020
It has also produced three videos about what the assistant can do.
- No Cost, Live in 48 Hours – https://kim.world/33LJyKr
- Use Case Demo – https://kim.world/3dsmTa9
- Plug and Play in Six Steps – https://kim.world/2Uv2ngA
Remote Courts Worldwide Launches
To help accelerate the global transformation of online court services, Remote Courts Worldwide, has launched this week.
This service has been designed to help the global community of justice workers (judges, lawyers, court officials, litigants, court technologists) to share their experiences of developing remote alternatives to traditional court hearings in physical buildings. It will capture best practice on a new website: www.remotecourts.org.
To ensure ongoing access to justice, governments and judiciaries are rapidly introducing various forms of ‘remote court’ – audio hearings (largely by telephone), video hearings (for example, by Skype and Zoom), and paper hearings (decisions delivered on the basis of paper submissions). At remarkable speed, new methods and techniques are being developed. However, there is a danger that the wheel is being reinvented and there is unnecessary duplication of effort across the world. In response, Remote Courts Worldwide offers a systematic way of remote-court innovators and people who work in the justice system to exchange news about working systems, plans, ideas, policies, protocols, techniques, and safeguards.
Remote Courts Worldwide is a collaborative project, involving the Society for Computers and Law, the UK LawTech Delivery Panel, and Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service. It also builds on the community built at the First International Forum on Online Courts, held in London in December 2018, when 300 people from 26 countries came together to talk about using technology to transform the work of courts.
Remote Courts Worldwide is being led by Professor Richard Susskind, President of the Society for Computers and Law, and an expert in online courts.
He said: ‘It’s time to come together, globally, to accelerate the introduction of remote hearings by judges. We have no choice. Physical courts are closing. There’s little point in lamenting any lack of past investment nor in predicting that the technology will fail. Let’s make it happen. We must seize the moment and come together to accelerate the development of new ways of delivering just outcomes for court users.’
ThoughtTrace Provides Free Access to Contract Analysis Software that Uncovers Business Implications of COVID-19
The ThoughtTrace COVID-19 Response Pack will give companies the ability to find clauses and terms in their agreements instantly, such as:
- Force Majeure
- Limitation of Liability
- Language around pandemics, epidemics, or health issues
- And 50+ more contract extractions made available for all free users
Nick Vandivere, ThoughtTrace CEO, said: ‘With the global economy facing recession and markets showing increased signs of stress, companies need the ability to respond confidently to these events and reduce the negative impact to the business. This is something we can help with. So, that’s what we’re doing.’
That’s all folks, for now. Tune in next time for Legal Tech Lockdown Volume II.