Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has become the latest law firm to sign up with Kira Systems to implement a global artificial intelligence tool for document review in the M&A due diligence process.

The Magic Circle firm will use Kira in its Legal Services Centre in Manchester to support transactional work across all practice groups. It selected Kira after a year-long trial of a number of different machine learning-based solutions, with selection largely swung, the firm said, by the fact that Kira’s technology allows Freshfields’ lawyers to train the algorithm to meet their specific needs.

Freshfields’ director of legal services innovation, Isabel Parker said: “Kira can be configured around our own custom provisions, using our knowledge base, ensuring that it is perfectly tailored to clients’ needs. It complements our own legal expertise, and will further enhance the quality of work delivered to clients, while helping to free up the Legal Services Centre team to focus on more complex areas of work.”

Freshfields follows in the footsteps of DLA Piper, which in June announced that it had entered into a partnership with Kira, and Clifford Chance, which made a similar announcement in July. However, the largest deployment of Kira to date is with Deloitte, which signed up with Kira in March.