On February 15th 2023, international law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) announced a partnership with Harvey, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot that is reportedly optimised for legal work. A&O said that Harvey will be available to approximately 3 500 A&O lawyers across 43 offices, with the goal of assisting them to generate material for tasks like contract analysis, litigation, due diligence, and regulatory compliance. Harvey is reportedly based on an AI model developed by Open AI, the same company behind Chat GPT.
A&O had been trialling Harvey since November 2022, during which time about 3 500 lawyers posed the chatbot over 40 000 queries. While the firm said that any output from Harvey will require careful review by a lawyer to ensure its accuracy, it stated that the chatbot aims to “help generate insights, recommendations and predictions based on large volumes of data, enabling lawyers to deliver faster, smarter and more cost-effective solutions to their clients.”
Given the disruptive potential of generative AI, it remains to be seen how this partnership will impact the work of Allen & Overy, and the legal sector more broadly. However, it is likely that more law firms will explore the use of generative AI models in the coming years as technology companies like Google and Microsoft move to bring their own large language models to market.
- Read more about the partnership here
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