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LegalTech Disruption: Matheson Announces New Digital Legal Services Group

KEY CONTACT(S): Michael Jackson, Tom Connor
PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Digital Services
DATE: 07.11.2019

  • In an environment of increasing digital disruption and client demand for LegalTech, Irish law firm Matheson announces the launch of its new, multi-disciplinary Matheson Digital Services Group.
  • New Digital Services Group sees multi-disciplinary tech team of 17 digital services professionals - integrating lawyers, AI software developers, legal solutions consultants and architects, legal project managers, document automation specialists and business analysts. 
  • In response to increased client demand in the area of LegalTech, Matheson has invested  in combining people, processes and technology to provide customised digital legal services and solutions for clients operating across a range of industries and sectors.

Pictured above (l-r): Head of Matheson Digital Services, Tom Connor; and Managing Partner, Michael Jackson

In an environment of increased digital disruption and client demand for LegalTech, Matheson has announced the launch of its new, multi-disciplinary Digital Services Group. Through this new service offering, Matheson has developed a platform of digital experts consisting of 17 professionals - combining lawyers, AI software developers, legal solutions consultants and architects, project managers, document automation specialists and business analysts. 

The establishment of the Matheson Digital Services Group has been driven by significant advances in LegalTech - and in response to the evolving needs of the firm’s clients in areas of large-volume legal work; enhanced legal process efficiency; and demand for bespoke new digital products in the delivery of legal solutions. From project-managing complex, cross-border due diligence processes using machine learning contract analysis software; to managing one of the largest eDiscovery projects in the history of the State; to developing regulatory compliance software, Matheson Digital Services Group leverages advanced digital technology and agile processes to deliver on complex, large scale legal solutions.

The launch of the firm’s Digital Services Group comes on the back of consistent international recognition for innovation at Matheson, with the firm being ranked Ireland’s Most Innovative Law Firm 2019 by the Financial Times in its Innovative Lawyers report, and ranked in the FT’s Top 25 Most Innovative Law Firms in Europe.

Commenting on the launch of the new group, Tom Connor, Head of the Matheson Digital Services Group stated: “Technology continues to disrupt business models and digital has changed everything – the legal sector is not immune. The use of current and emerging technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and intelligent automation are transforming the legal sector – and the ways in which we can now deliver legal services.  At Matheson, our new service offering operates across three divisions: Client Solutions, Legal Process Optimisation and Digital Innovation, and it will be available to clients operating across a range of business and industry sectors. The continued integration of digital into our core legal business is an important strategic development for the firm - as it allows us to respond to market demand for technology-enabled solutions. In an increasingly competitive legal market, establishing the new Group also provides us with the right talent, diverse expertise and the platform in order to be at the fore of the new digital legal economy moving forward.”

Michael Jackson, Matheson’s Managing Partner commented: “As an internationally focused law firm with six global offices, we recognise that our clients’ needs and expectations are continuously changing.  The establishment of the Matheson Digital Services Group reflects both these changing client needs and our commitment to a collaborative approach that is client-focused by combining innovative people, processes and technologies to help solve problems and carry out legal work more effectively and efficiently.  We are confident that by combining our digital services offering with our traditional services and our deep understanding of our clients’ businesses, we will continue to be the law firm of choice for internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland.

Read coverage of the Matheson Digital Services Group in The Irish Times Technology supplement, 7 November 2019. 

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