• CLOC 2018 – Dispatches from the Greatest Minds in Legal Operations – Part 2
    This is the second of a three-part series on the key themes we took away from the CLOC 2018 US Institute. Every year, legal operations professionals from around the world gather at the CLOC US Institute to learn, network, and share experiences. In this series the Brightflag team will delve into the key messages from […]
  • Artificial Hype: Practical Applications of AI within the Legal Department
    By now we have all heard the term “AI” or artificial intelligence many times over, whether reading the latest business headlines, attending an industry conference or simply scanning your social news feeds on LinkedIn or Twitter. While this latest buzzword seems to be nothing more than a distraction to some, there are, in fact, real […]
  • The startup advantage in legal technology
    Brightflag is a young company. We are bringing AI language analysis to help corporate legal departments control costs and to help law firms understand how they should price work. It’s a new concept that hasn’t existed before, solving a key issue for the industry – ensuring both sides of a legal transaction are happy with the […]
  • How text analysis is changing the legal industry
    Of all the branches of machine and AI, text and language analysis is likely the most relevant to the legal industry. In a world where the currency is contracts, court rulings, case law, written evidence – it makes sense that advances in understanding large volumes of text creates exciting possibilities. Google has been a pioneer in […]
  • AI and the Law: Hype vs Reality
    In a previous blog I spoke about the likelihood of a future that included ‘robot lawyers’. Has it arrived already? According to this recent article about ‘robot judges’ we are already living in the future. Of course, the headline is deliberately provocative – in reality the technology is not really a robot judge, but a prediction […]
  • What legal departments can learn from their business colleagues
    To meet this challenge, legal departments must focus on process improvements and metrics to track progress in the same way other business functions do. This strategy has already been adopted by many larger legal departments, who have seen great success in developing ‘legal operations’ functions to accomplish these goals. In a smaller department, however, the […]
  • Robot Lawyers? The Future of AI and Automation in Law
    Reading some recent media headlines, you would think so. Last year in Dublin, a conference warned that lawyers must ‘cut fees or face a future led by robots’. In fact, headlines have been predicting this onslaught of the machines ever since IBM’s Watson (a question-answering supercomputer) beat two human Jeopardy! champions on the US gameshow […]
  • Smarter, Faster, Cheaper
    “Law Firm Rates Are Way Too High”, declared a recent headline in Bloomberg Big Law Business. In an interview, Susie Lees, the General Counsel of US insurance giant Allstate, reveals her ‘pet peeve’: astronomical legal bills charged at inflexible hourly rates. Worse still she says, these bills increase annually. The demand for affordable legal services […]