10th march 2023
Slaughter and May pilots AI transcription tool designed for legal sector
The international law firm Slaughter and May will pilot the JUST: Access proprietary AI large language model, part of a suite of transcription tools.
The language model, developed in conjunction with leading academics with the help of Innovate UK, was created by transcribing hundreds of hours of court audio using the very latest in Natural Language Processing, ChatGPT and Machine Learning.
Just: Access is a leader in speech to text transcription technology for the legal and regulatory sector. Its aim is to deliver market-leading accuracy, searchability and efficiencies around legal information to lawyers, such as those at Slaughter and May.
Frustrated by the cost and accessibility of legal transcripts, founder Sophie Walker, a practising barrister herself, developed JUST: Access as an AI Transcription platform with the goal to halve both the time and cost of transcription.
“Accuracy remained a big issue, with other commercially available products not coping well with case names, legislation and even patterns of speech that are distinctive to lawyers. That is where the idea of creating a tool trained with over 1.5 million words spoken by lawyers, judges and litigants.” said Sophie Walker, founder and CEO of JUST: Access. “To partner with Slaughter and May, especially after taking part in their Collaborate Programme in 2019, is a real milestone for us.”
Jane Stewart, Head of Knowledge & Innovation at Slaughter and May said, “We are excited to pilot JUST: Access, particularly in our Disputes practice, where certain of the tool’s key features will be really handy, but also across the firm more generally – we are always looking for the best new tools and for ways to improve processes.”
JUST: Access is committed to making a positive impact on the legal industry and revolutionising the way legal services are delivered.
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About JUST: Access
JUST: Access is an innovative AI powered speech to text company, providing transcription, caption and summarisation solutions. Harnessing the latest NLP, ML and ChatGPT technology, the company provides companies of all sizes with tools that dramatically increase productivity while reducing costs. JUST: tools have been adopted by companies in a variety of sectors, including legal, research and media. Clients include legal firms, legal tech providers, utilities, financial and insurance providers, as well as some of the UK’s top universities.
Just: Access has recently released a beta version of its large language model. This follows beta launches of PodNotes, an AI Podcast Show note generator and MeetNotes, an AI Meeting summariser. Both products currently benefit from ChatGPT, with OpenAi technology fundamental to the future development.
About Slaughter and May
Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm with a worldwide corporate, commercial, disputes and financing practice. The firm advises its clients on a broad range of corporate and financial matters including M&A, securities issues, financings, disputes and investigations, competition, tax, financial regulation, real estate, environment, pensions and employment and IP/IT. Slaughter and May’s blue chip client list includes a broad range of industrial and commercial companies, utilities, private equity funds, banks and insurance companies, as well as governments and public authorities. The firm has more FTSE 350 clients than any other law firm and advises over 100 companies on the FTSE Eurofirst 300 and the US Fortune 500.
International work is central to Slaughter and May’s practice. The firm has offices in Beijing, Brussels and Hong Kong. In addition, the firm has established close working relationships with some of the leading independent law firms around the world with whom it creates integrated teams to provide a seamless service on cross-border transactions.