Shoosmiths trialling Microsoft 365 Copilot

November, 2023 - Milton Keynes, England

Shoosmiths is one of a select group of law firms globally to pilot Microsoft’s new generative AI assistant, ‘Microsoft 365 Copilot’.

As part of an exclusive pilot programme, a test group of 300 Shoosmiths’ people – a mix of legal advisers and those in business services – will use the new AI assistant and provide feedback. 

Microsoft’s AI assistant will be integrated directly into the firm’s Microsoft 365 environment to help streamline workflows and boost productivity and turnaround times for the benefit of Shoosmiths’ client base.

“This is a hugely exciting development for Shoosmiths and another example of our ongoing commitment to be at the forefront of legal service delivery disruption; challenging how things have always been done,” said David Jackson, CEO at Shoosmiths. “It is a fantastic opportunity for our firm to gain early access to cutting-edge AI technology and help shape the future of legal tech.”

Nick Hedderman, Senior Director of Modern Work, Microsoft UK, said “We look forward to seeing how Shoosmiths applies this ground-breaking technology to drive transformation within the legal sector, enhancing the productivity of its people and delivering even greater results for clients.”

While Shoosmiths will explore how the technology can be used to enhance outcomes for its clients in the future, the firm will also ensure that any output adheres strictly to procedures relating to accuracy of advice and confidentiality. Shoosmiths’ people involved with the pilot will be subject to the firm’s Artificial Intelligence policy.  

Leading in legal innovation isn’t new to Shoosmiths.  The firm has an excellent track record in developing and using AI in a safe and controlled way for the benefit of its clients – its awarding winning AI powered contract review and mark-up service, Cia®, has been helping clients get to signature faster for the past five years. 

This latest development represents a further step forward in the firm’s ambition to be the law firm clients turn to for what matters.