It’s not often you see a mini trade show of technology vendors set up inside one of Canada’s largest national law firms, but in an effort to show clients how it is working to innovate with the emerging legal ecosystem, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP opened its doors to host a tech demo day last week in Toronto.
Blakes brought together its legal tech partners including Closing Folders Inc., Kira Systems, Neota Logic Inc., Blue J Legal, HighQ, Founded and Thomson Reuters to demo their technology and explain their own innovation stories for about 150 Blakes clients. But it was more than just a demo of software, it was an effort to show clients that innovation is happening at the firm in lock step with the legal tech community.
Anne Glover, partner and lead of the firm’s inSource practice, spoke about the team of about 20 lawyers at the firm who provide an alternative service delivery model to help clients with work such as document review, due diligence, commercial contract review and legislative updates. Founded in 2013, inSource lawyers use predictive coding and other forms of artificial intelligence and machine learning to do work that might otherwise be sent out to alternative providers.