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.


09:00Introduction to AI & Law (David Halliwell, Pinsent Masons)
09:30Tutorial: A gentle introduction to Machine Learning (ML) (Isabel Sassoon, Department of Informatics, King's College London)
09:55Tutorial: A gentle introduction to Natural Language Processing (NLP) (Qi Hao, Department of Informatics, King's College London)
10:15Coffee break
10:30NLP & ML in practice demonstration: Brainspace (David Nichols and Dave Lewis, Brainspace)
11:05NLP & ML in practice demonstration: Neota Logic (Richard Seabrook, Neota Logic)
11:40Hands-on demonstration: KIRA (Alexander Hudek, Kira)
14:00Invited talk: Problems in the legal domain that could benefit from the application of AI and Law research (Milos Kresojevic, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
15:00On Semi-Supervised Learning of Legal Semantics (L. Thorne McCarthy, Rutgers University)
15:15Automatic Document Classification in Integrated Legal Content Collections (Kees van Noortwijk (Erasmus School of Law), Koen van Noortwijk (Utrecht University))
15:30Coffee break
16:00Discussion: Matching problems and solutions, and the challenges involved

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 in 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.


To register, please visit Attendees of the full conference can choose to attend this workshop. To register for this workshop only, without attending the rest of the conference, opt for a one-day registration on Monday and select the AI and Legal Practice Workshop. Full-conference and Monday registrations include coffee breaks, lunch and the conference reception on Monday evening. For more information, please read the conference registration page.

Tools used in the demonstrations