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Weightmans secures £100,000 national funding for artificial intelligence project

National law firm Weightmans has secured Bridging for Innovators (B4I) funding worth £100,000 from the Science and Technology Facilities Council…

National law firm Weightmans has secured Bridging for Innovators (B4I) funding worth £100,000 from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), to work with the prestigious high performance computing, big data, and artificial intelligence experts at STFC Hartree Centre on a new legal redaction tool.

B4I is an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) programme run by STFC to support UK industry in a bid to boost productivity. B4I offers businesses in kind funding for projects that tackle specific innovation challenges with unique access to a suite of world-leading, high-tech scientific facilities, with extensive support from scientific and technical experts with the knowledge to fast-track solutions.

The Innovation team at Weightmans, led by Director of Innovation Stuart Whittle and Innovation Manager Dr Catriona Wolfenden will work with the Hartree Centre to develop a tool for reliably and accurately carrying out automatic redaction of sensitive data on documents. If successful, the developed solution will have significant impact across the entire legal and other services sectors within the UK.

Stuart Whittle said:

“We are delighted to have secured this support from STFC to uncover the potential of artificial intelligence technologies to solve this challenge which thousands of law firms and other businesses face.
“This project will further improve the quality of our service, offer additional support to our clients and crucially free up our experts’ time to spend on legal and commercial advice. We look forward to working with the specialists at the Hartree Centre to hopefully develop a product which could revolutionise the industry.”

Andrew Gargett, AI Team Lead, Hartree Centre said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to work with Weightmans, a major innovator in the legal tech space, on a particularly significant and complex issue faced by a variety of legal and other professional service organisations. This enables us to employ the full range of artificial intelligence expertise and resources the Hartree Centre has available to address such challenges.”

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