November 20, 2023

New practice resource on artificial intelligence tools

The Law Society has released a new practice resource — Guidance on Professional Responsibility and Generative AI — to help lawyers consider the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools in their legal practice. The guide is focused on the use of AI tools powered by large language models that can create new content or data based off of the data it was trained on, such as Open AI’s ChatGPT-4 or Google’s Bard.

You may already be familiar with, or even be using, AI-powered tools in your practice, such as e-discovery software. You also may be considering whether your firm should be investing in emerging resources, such as generative AI designed specifically for legal practice.

While the adoption of AI tools may present beneficial opportunities for efficiency and productivity, lawyers must understand the ethical challenges that demand vigilance and adherence to professional responsibilities. The guide covers potential issues associated with using AI, such as competence, confidentiality, information security, fraud, plagiarism and copyright.  

By understanding and addressing these challenges, lawyers can approach the use of AI in a responsible and ethical manner while upholding the integrity of the legal profession.

Lawyers who would like to discuss a specific issue regarding generative AI tools can contact a practice advisor. In addition, the Lawyers Indemnity Fund will be releasing a notice about the top risks when using AI and how to avoid them.