In the world that we live in today, technology cannot be avoided. This is a fact. The launch of the Legal Innovation Centre, an academic institution at Ulster University backed by two law firms, will help haul the UK legal industry into the technological age.
We should be exploring all options to ensure that legal services and education in the UK, and the world, are both time and money efficient. With new ventures like this, it will become the norm for the legal sector to explore and adopt the technological opportunities that are not yet within its grasp.
The fast-developing field of legal informatics now has an academic centre in the UK – backed by two global law firms. The centre, at Ulster University, aims to be at the forefront of advancing the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence in legal services and legal education. The Legal Innovation Centre, described as the first of its kind in the UK, is a collaboration between the university's school of law and the school of computing and intelligent systems. Global law firms Allen & Overy and Baker McKenzie, both of which have 'northshoring' bases in Belfast, are supporting the initiative which is also sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland.