Stephenson Harwood Adopts Legal AI Tool Harvey

Stephenson Harwood, a global law firm, has recently announced the adoption of the legal artificial intelligence (AI) tool, Harvey. The firm plans to deploy this tool across its offices worldwide, including those in the Middle East.

Harvey, a generative AI tool, is designed to automate and enhance various legal tasks such as due diligence, research, and compliance. Stephenson Harwood, which has been utilizing artificial intelligence for over six years, decided to implement Harvey after a year of extensive research and evaluation.

The firm’s head of innovation, Paul Orchard, stated, “Generative AI has been on our radar since the release of GPT-3. After a year of thorough exploration, including phases where multiple solutions were trialled, we are now implementing an ambitious AI strategy.”

As Rania Tadros, the managing partner of the firm’s Dubai office, emphasised to Law Middle East, the firm’s committed to harnessing state-of-the-art technologies in GenAI to securely innovate and improve the services they provide.

The collaboration with Harvey marks the first step in a series of planned investments in the realm of Generative AI. The firm also plans to partner with an organization to build custom GenAI technology solutions and selectively identify existing technology products.

Previously, in February 2023, Allen & Overy (which has since merged with Shearman & Sterling to become A&O Shearman) was the first major international law firm to announce a partnership with Harvey. Other law firms, including UK-headquartered Macfarlanes and Middle East-based Al Tamimi & Company, have also partnered with Harvey. Most recently, in March 2024, CMS adopted the tool, and other law firms have reportedly expressed interest in bringing Harvey onboard.