The technology was used to automatically spot legally privileged information among 30 million documents in the Rolls-Royce case
The SFO leads the UK’s fight against serious and complex fraud, bribery, and corruption. Its investigations cross international borders, involve multi-million pound (GBP) losses and huge volumes of data and correspondence across all document types it analyses to determine if criminal activity has taken place.
During a previous four-year investigation into fraud at Rolls-Royce, the Serious Fraud Office piloted OpenText, a similar technology which involved reviewing 30 million documents.
By automating document analysis, AI technology allows the SFO to investigate more quickly, reduce costs and achieve a lower error rate than through the work of human lawyers, alone.
The SFO said that technology was up to 80% cheaper than using outside counsel to review those documents and identify legally privileged material.
SFO’s Chief Technology Officer, Ben Denison said:
According to a article published by SkyNews, OpenText, the “AI lawyer”, goes “further than just flagging legally privileged material. It can also scan and organise information from multiple document types – PowerPoint, Outlook calendar invites, Word documents etc – displaying the information relevant to an investigation on a timeline for an investigator to then review.”
Mark Barrenechea, Vice Chair, CEO and CTO, OpenText, said:
The SFO told Sky News they expect the system to cost “around £12m over the expected lifetime of 7 years – which is offset against the savings the new tech will bring by enhancing our ability to review and investigate in a targeted way, without solely relying on human review.”