Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has announced enhancements to its Machine Learning technology in parts of Asia Pacific, as it continues to innovate and improve its services to meet the complex needs of its clients. The move comes a little over two years after the Firm launched its Machine Learning technology worldwide.
Baker McKenzie uses a combination of the Relativity, Nuix Workstation and Nuix Discover as eDiscovery platforms to provide support for its global network. Nuix Workstation is primarily used for data processing, early case assessment and analytics, while Relativity and Nuix Discover are used for data review, document review, analytics and Machine Learning. The firm has also invested heavily in tools for contract analytics and has been using eBrevia and Seal, which have Machine Learning capabilities.
Since Baker McKenzie rolled out its global innovation program in February 2017, the Firm has been at the forefront of integrating it into every aspect of its global operations. Its efforts, which have been recognized by award bodies and industry insiders alike, were always designed with the client in mind.
“As the legal landscape evolves rapidly, so should Baker McKenzie,” said Milton Cheng, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie. “Our technological upgrades in markets like Australia and China help us evolve along with the market and ensures that we are always able to efficiently meet our clients’ ever-changing needs.”
Australia upgrade to boost in-house capabilities
In Australia, Baker McKenzie recently upgraded to the latest version of Nuix Discover (formerly Ringtail). The Firm has also started using the Nuix Workstation software as its processing tool in Australia.
“Nuix [Discover] is one of the industry-leading eDiscovery solutions on the market,” said Bryant Isbell, Managing Director of Global eDiscovery & Data Advisory at Baker McKenzie. “Since the acquisition of Ringtail by Nuix in 2018, Nuix has made huge investments and advancements in their technology solutions. By upgrading the tool, we now have the ability to both process our client data and to provide full service, end-to-end eDiscovery support by leveraging the analytics and Machine Learning capabilities of the platform.”
“Previously, we had to outsource our processing work and use a combination of eDiscovery providers to help us with processing and our own in-house solution,” said Paul Forbes, a Dispute Resolution Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Sydney office. “With these upgrades added to our existing suite of services, we can now conduct all of our processing work, including collections, processing, hosting and review capabilities, in-house.”
Shanghai datacenter to provide better support for China
While most of the Asia Pacific region is supported by the Firm’s Hong Kong datacenter, Baker McKenzie in China, through its joint operation office Baker McKenzie FenXun (FTZ), operates through a different setup.
“China is a unique market, because there are state secrets and other regulations that prohibit us from moving data outside,” said Isbell. We have been sending teams in from Hong Kong and using mobile solutions and other third-party providers to give us support in mainland China.”
The Firm has built-out hardware in its Shanghai datacenter, which will deploy both Relativity and Nuix in China. This now enables the Firm to provide the same level of support it has been providing its clients in other regions to its clients in mainland China.
“Our expanded capabilities in China put us in a unique position of being one of the few global international law firms in the country that can provide end-to-end full service eDiscovery support for our clients here,” said Isbell.
“With the increase in inbound and outbound work in China, having the reinforced support of the Shanghai datacenter will enable us to meet the needs of our clients in this complex market, while remaining compliant with its privacy and state secret regulations,” said Simon Hui, a Dispute Resolution Partner in the Shanghai office.