2023 has witnessed a significant expansion in the practical applications of AI and large language models, with notable contributions in various fields. However, as with any emerging technology, there remains a degree of uncertainty about the full extent and sustainability of the impact of generative AI and LLMs. Josh Bicknell, Head of Sales at Lext Australia, acknowledges this scepticism and draws parallels to historical instances where major technological advancements were initially met with doubt and resistance.
"Throughout history, new technologies have often been greeted with scepticism until their benefits become evident over time. Bicycles, cars, and aeroplanes, to name a few, were all subject to ridicule upon their introduction, only to be integrated into everyday life as their advantages became apparent." Bicknell states.
In pursuit of exploring the possibilities of generative AI in the legal domain, Lext Australia has developed Lexi, a browser-based legal information and research tool. Powered by AI, Lexi boasts three key features: legal Q&A, legal document review, and legal document generation.
The legal Q&A feature is a standout, offering users accurate and reliable legal information on Australian law. Users can pose questions to Lexi and receive responses in straightforward, easy-to-understand language. Additionally, Lexi provides comprehensive answers supported by legal case citations, ensuring precision and reliability.
While generative AI and standard search engines like Google can address basic legal queries, concerns often arise regarding the accuracy of their responses. Lexi, in contrast, draws its answers from a verified database of legal information, ensuring a higher level of precision in the responses it generates. Lawyers can also leverage Lexi to streamline legal research and facilitate collaboration among team members. By using Lexi, legal professionals can reduce the time spent on research along with increasing collaboration with colleagues, as users can easily share their research sessions.
Subscribers can upload legal documents for Lexi to summarise in plain language. Lexi can respond to specific questions about clauses and offer actionable suggestions, all while maintaining confidentiality and data privacy by storing documents locally in the subscriber's browser. By employing Lexi's document review and summary feature, legal practitioners gain instant access to key points from legal documents, enabling them to identify critical legal issues and better assist clients. The time-saving and efficiency benefits of this feature are highlighted as crucial advantages for lawyers.
Lexi's capabilities extend even further, encompassing a document generation function that guides users through the process of creating legal documents within the chat interface. Whether it's drafting emails or other legal documents, Lexi streamlines the process and customises the content based on the user's specific needs. Automating the generation of legal documents can save time and effort in finding and creating legal precedents for common documents. Simultaneously, the ability to tailor documents to suit the needs of each client enhances efficiency in legal workflows, making Lexi a valuable tool for legal professionals.
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Lext is an Australian legal innovation company based in Sydney. Their mission is to create scalable, accessible legal products that radically improve the user’s experience of the law, the legal system, and legal services.
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