Fletchers Solicitors, the UK’s leading medical negligence and serious injury law firm, has partnered with the University of Liverpool as part of a landmark project to develop future tech innovations for the legal sector.


As part of the project, Fletchers Solicitors is recruiting two PHD students to work alongside their in-house software programmers and the computer science department at the University of Liverpool to explore and develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovations – systems that can perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence. The aim of these systems is to help improve efficiencies for law firms so they can provide better services to their clients.


The Southport-based firm has received £225,000 in public funding from Innovate UK, a government organisation that works with companies across the UK to drive forward technology and innovation, as part of its ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnerships’ programme.


Fletchers’ systems director, Dan Taylor, approached the University of Liverpool and Innovate UK to get involved in the programme, which helps businesses with a strategic need to innovate and grow by linking them with a university so both parties can work together on a specific project.


Fletchers Solicitors will also be matching the investment figure provided by Innovate UK as part of the funding criteria.


Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers Solicitors, said: “The legal sector is renowned for being years behind most industries when it comes to innovation in technology. However, now is the time to start taking notice of what other sectors are doing and consider how this could be used to help our businesses improve.


“As we move towards a more innovative legal sector, we believe that AI will grow in importance. That is why our partnership with the University of Liverpool is such an exciting opportunity for us to pioneer the way towards greater innovation and development. As a forward-thinking law firm, we strive to remain at the forefront of our industry, challenging the traditional way of doing things to pave the way for positive change.


“We’re really looking forward to working with the students and the University of Liverpool to share knowledge and explore how technology can help make for a more effective legal sector.”


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