5 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – APRIL 2024 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM BRI EFS Strategic planning: Effective AI implementation requires a strategic roadmap for its adoption and roll-out, aligned with our business objectives. We’re actively engaging stakeholders to identify pain points, prioritise use cases, and define success metrics. This collaborative approach ensures that AI initiatives are integrated seamlessly into our operations, delivering tangible value to our clients. Through our rapid adoption of AI tools, Collyer Law is poised to enhance efficiency, drive innovation, and deliver exceptional legal services in the digital age. VENESSA PHOA, senior associate, GHOWS We are a small and nimble team of five lawyers and one patent attorney. In terms of background, all of us are quite tech-savvy with good foundational skills to adapt easily to new legal tech. The excellent IT infrastructure of the firm also facilitates easy implementation. The firm is also very supportive of and receptive to trying new tools, including generative AI. We are always on the lookout for ways to improve our practice and service to clients and believe that there is potential in using generative AI to enhance our practice. Our efforts are therefore focused on encouraging and driving curiosity towards generative AI, and education on the responsible use of the same. As to the former, generative AI technology is advancing quickly. We need to be at the forefront of the developments, even for tools not specifically intended for the legal sector. The Technology team and the younger lawyers of the firm take the lead in exploring and introducing new tools to the firm and also in understanding the risks and limitations. This segues to the latter. At its current state, generative AI is a useful tool for augmenting one’s practice, but it does not come without risks. For example, generative AI may sound convincing and eloquent, but it can provide incorrect output or “hallucinate” falsities and case law. We educate and train our colleagues on such risks and the necessary checks which must be made before generative AI output can be used in our work. South Korean law firm DR & AJU Law Group has launched a legal chatbot powered by artificial intelligence, called AI DR & AJU, which it says is the first of its kind in the country. Created through a collaborative effort between the firm and technology companies Nexus AI and Naver Cloud, the chatbot has its own subdomain page open to the public, where any person can input legal queries. AI DR &AJU is only available in Korean. The three companies also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure long-term collaboration and continuous improvement of the AI DR & AJU service. “Numerous lawyers from DR & AJU participated in training and verifying basic legal consultation sample data by field, and Nexus AI fine-tuned the chatbot based on the sample data and verification data,” said Kyu Chul Lee, DR & AJU’s managing partner, in a statement. “Since users do not need to meet with a lawyer in person, it makes it easier for them to seek advice on issues they might consider trivial or embarrassing. AI DR & AJU provides legal information in all areas of civil, criminal, family, and administrative law,” Lee added. South Korea’s legal tech market has been growing fast in the last couple of years, powered by the coming of generative AI and large-language models like ChatGPT. In May 2023, online legal service platform Law&Good unveiled Law&Bot, a free service that utilises AI to interpret complex legal terms in an easily understandable manner and provide answers to litigation-related questions. Currently, its scope is only limited to divorce lawsuits, with plans to expand to other areas in the future. An AI service for lawyers, tentatively known as Super Lawyer, has been created by Law & Company, which runs an AI-based legal data platform, Bigcase, and local AI startup, Upstage. And this year, the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office is also set to introduce as AI platform for prosecutors and investigators to search databases for cases more easily. The Supreme Court also recently invited tenders for the development of AI that can assist trials, with the aim of preventing delay of trials by easing the burden on judges. SOUTH KOREA’S DR & AJU LAW GROUP LAUNCHES LEGAL AI Q&A CHATBOT Image: GANJIRO KUMA/