The Workshop on AI in Legal Practice aims to bridge the gap between legal professionals and AI & Law researchers, by introducing legal professionals to the potential uses of AI & Law practice, introducing the practical challenges legal professionals face and explore how AI & Law research might tackle some of these challenges. This whole day workshop will consist of two parts. The morning session consists of a gentle introduction to well-established AI techniques and tools followed by a hands-on demonstration of how these can be used in law firms. This session is aimed at law students and legal professionals who wish to learn more about practical applications of AI in particular. The afternoon session is a workshop in which more cutting edge AI & Law research is introduced and matched to prospective applications in legal practice. This session is aimed at legal professionals and AI & Law researchers in particular. Participants can attend only the morning or the afternoon session.

Provisional Programme

09:00Introduction to AI & Law
09:30Tutorial: A gentle introduction to Natural Language Processing (NLP) & Machine Learning (ML)
10:15Coffee break
10:30Demonstration: NLP & ML in practice
11:00Demonstration: Commerial tools
11:30Hands-on demonstration
13:30Invited talk: AI & Law Research
14:00Short presentations on academic research with prospective applications
15:00Coffee break
15:15Invited talk: Problems in the legal domain that could benefit from the application of AI and Law research
15:45Discussion: Matching problems and solutions

The International Conference on AI and Law (ICAIL)

The Workshop in AI and Legal practice is organised as part of the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law (ICAIL). ICAIL is the primary international conference addressing research in AI and Law, and has been organized biennially since 1987 under the auspices of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL). ICAIL provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research results and practical applications; it fosters interdisciplinary and international collaboration. The conference proceedings are published by ACM.


Morning tutorial/demonstration

  • Nick West, Mishcon de Reya
  • Jeroen Keppens, King's College London

Afternoon workshop

  • Katie Atkinson, University of Liverpool
  • Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool
  • Karl Branting, MITRE Corporation
  • Marc Lauritsen, Capstone Practice Systems and Legal Systematics
  • Anna Ronkainen, TrademarkNow
  • Tom van Engers, University of Amsterdam
  • Bart Verheij, University of Groningen


The workshop will be held on the Strand campus of King's College London. King's is the heart of London's legal district on the banks of the Thames, a stone's throw away from The Royal Courts of Justice and the Temple area. It is within walking distance of many of the cultural highlights that make London an exciting conference/workshop location.