More than a quarter of legal professionals say they use generative AI tools, based on so-called large language models, at least once a month, according to a UK survey. The proportion of AI users, 26%, has more than doubled since last summer.

The LexisNexis survey of 1,200 legal professionals found that nearly two thirds (62%) of law firms have already made changes to their day-to-day operations as a result of generative AI. Changes include launching AI-powered products for internal use, running AI-related training for staff, the hiring of AI experts and developing policies for the future use of the technology. 

The most commonly identified application for the technology is to save time in drafting documents, cited by 91% of respondents. Meanwhile 90% said it could be applied in researching matters and 73% for streamlining communication tasks. However only 53% of respondents saw opportunities in contract analytics. 

The biggest hurdles to AI adoption were concerns over 'hallucinations' (cited by 57% of respondents), security (55%), and a lack of trust in the current free-to-use technology (55%).   

'The appetite for generative AI technology in the legal sector is unprecedented,' said Stuart Greenhill, director of segment strategy at LexisNexis. 'Lawyers from all backgrounds are jumping at the chance to make the most of its time-saving potential.'  


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