Transatlantic firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has introduced a tool that implements artificial intelligence to evaluate legal risks in the early stages of disputes and investigations.

The firm said its ‘Clear/Cut’ model brings together data including machine learning and predictive coding to help identify the key information that will then be subject to a legal analysis by lawyers.

The service, developed by the litigation and corporate risk team and global innovation group, allows for an extensive review that would be ’prohibitively large and costly’ to evaluate with humans, says the firm. The issues raised in the process are explained using visualisation and include recommendations on whether to fight or settle the dispute.

Nick Pryor, regional innovation solutions director for EMEA and Edward Coulson, a commercial disputes partner, led on the development of the programme. Pryor said: ‘We strongly believe that Clear/Cut will help in-house counsel make more confident decisions on how to respond to disputes and investigations.’

Nathan Willmott, deputy head of litigation & corporate risk, said: ‘As a firm we have a strong track record of innovating successfully to find new ways to deliver greater value to clients. We see huge opportunities to build on this track record and develop new and imaginative approaches that change the way in which we deliver legal services to our clients.’