Dictalogic wins UK top 200 firm Morrisons as Microsoft injects a further $25k

Cloud digital dictation challenge rDictalogic has won UKTop 200 law firm Morrisons Solicitors as a client and received the second tranche of a $55k credit note from Microsoft Azure, on which Dictalogic is built. Morrisons, according to our UK top 200, is a BigHand dictation customer.

Dictalogic uses Microsoft’s cognitive speech engine to convert speech to text, which forms the basis of its workflow-based dictation and transcription solution. It also caters for traditional human-led transcription. Being hosted in Azure means that users can dictate and receive work from anywhere.

Dictalogic, which was founded in 2009 and also works with the financial and medical sector, has in the past few months won law firm clients in the UK, US and Canada and is currently undertaking a proof of concept with a law firm in Denmark. In January, Alberta-based law firm Duncan Craig selecte Dictalogic. Duncan Craig was previously a Philips dictation customer.

Microsoft, which charges Dictalogic for every conversion, gave the London-headquartered company a $30k credit last year, and in March 2021 a further $25k credit for the 12 months ahead. Microsoft uses credits to help build businesses that are of commercial benefit to the tech giant.

The demonstration given to Legal IT Insider by co-founder and technical director Rana Omer certainly makes assigning and transcribing work appear easy. There is a built-in custom model (dictionary) for legal, and Microsoft’s speech to text now works in 90 languages. Users have a dashboard of speech to text commands and Dictalogic say their ambition is to ultimately take the keyboard out of the equation.

Once the text is transcribed, it can be automatically exported as a template, such as a letter with letterhead and electronic signature. Legal professionals are also using Dictalogic to record and immediately transcribe court proceedings.

Amaan said: “We are shaking up our large competition. The icing on the cake is that we have decided to tailor our system for every firm of a decent size. We don’t say we’ll do a full customisation, we can’t support that, but we have a tick list of 15 things, and you can say which you want.”