Solomonic uses experienced lawyers, along with NLP text analysis and statistical modelling, to help firms and litigation funders get a better idea of how a case may go. In this instance, the focus will be on the Technology and Construction Court, a key commercial court of England & Wales that the company believes will be seeing plenty of action in 2021.
On the law firm side, the partnership will be led by Fenwick Elliott’s Head of Innovation and Technology, Dr Stacy Sinclair. Solomonic will introduce their litigation data and technology to the disputes practice of the firm. In turn, Fenwick Elliott will work closely with Solomonic to help develop a specific Technology and Construction Court analytics module by leveraging their deep subject matter expertise.
Solomonic has similar partnerships with other leading law firms, such as Herbert Smith Freehills and Pinsent Masons.
Dr Sinclair said of the project: ‘Fenwick Elliott is committed to providing the best service and the best value for its clients, and recognises that technology, data, collaboration and innovation are essential to deliver this. I am delighted with the opportunity to partner with Solomonic, in advancing litigation analytics in our sector to deliver this.’
Solomonic Managing Director, Edward Bird, told Artificial Lawyer: ‘Our strategy has always been to partner with law firms [and] we are delighted to be collaborating with a market leader.’
Bird noted that 2021 may be a bumper year for construction disputes in the UK, with the pandemic, as well as the building of the new HS2 high speed train network – which is cutting through hundreds of miles of private land, generating work for lawyers in this area.
Bird added that it was not just the lawyers’ subject matter expertise of the law that mattered to the project, but their ability to know what were the right questions to ask about construction disputes. That in turn would inform their data analysis.
‘We will look at past cases and see who is winning, and then when and why,’ he explained. ‘All of this data helps firms to strategise and give context to their decisions [about new cases].’
‘Law is a sector that is not used to numbers, but statistics help us to understand what is causality and what is coincidence,‘ he added.
Bird also noted that they are increasingly working with litigation funders, a part of the legal market that is understandably fascinated by what a data-led approach can achieve here.