Global law firm Reed Smith has signed an enterprise license with BRYTER, following a successful pilot that has been underway since 2020. The work is being led by its in-house practice innovation team and respected tech captive Gravity Stack.
Reed Smith’s work with BRYTER has involved a pilot with a corporate client that wanted to automate its playbook for dealing with a new supplier from a GDPR perspective. Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Reed Smith’s innovation engagement senior manager Adam Curphey said: “They were looking for a way to empower the procurement team to engage directly in that process: rather than always involving the legal team, the procurement team would go to the playbook and have an automated version of the appropriate data protection agreement.”
Curphey, who built the solution,says: “It was a collaborative piece and although the technology is great and BRYTER does what it says it does – it really is so easy to use – the big thing was working with the clients and partners and associates to decide the process: how do you turn a 40 page playbook into a series of questions?” The firm got the playbook down to seven questions after an iterative process.
While the client relied on Reed Smith for their legal expertise and resource in building the application, the firm’s lawyers are not built into the solution and Curphey said: “They know that the legal application has been designed by a law firm and they can be confident that it has been signed off by a law firm.”
Post go-live, the client has asked for further help with California data privacy rules, and Reed Smith has now signed the enterprise licence. Curphey says: “This is not one of those instances where we say ‘thanks’ and never use the tech. Now we’ve signed the enterprise licence we’re at the stage of being able to share our learning and are offering it holistically to all our clients.
The BRYTER platform also forms part of the Legal Technology Summer Associate Program, which combines the traditional summer legal experience with a technology focus. Curphey said: “The platform will allow us to create products bespoke to our clients, to help improve their businesses, as well as improving how we operate internally.”
Reed Smith encourages its lawyers to engage and participate in innovation projects by recognising up to 50 ‘Innovation Hours’ towards billable-hour targets for fee earners each year, and in April 2020 the firm launched the Now & Next initiative which is designed to proactively address clients’ legal needs by building tech-based solutions, with an aim to divert spare lawyer capacity to those projects during the pandemic.
It’s worth taking a look at some of the other work that Gravity Stack is doing. Gravity Stack developed Lionbridge’s Relativity Translator app and the pair are working on a joint “AI for Contracts” offering – watch our webinar with Gravity Stack managing director Bryon Bratcher and Lionbridge managing director Jerry Wish:
BRYTER, which in April announced the raise of $66m, now counts among its clients corporate giants including KPMG, PWC, and ING, as well as law firms ranging from Addleshaw Goddard to Hogan Lovells and Baker McKenzie.