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Syntheia: A non-hallucinatory AI that fits in law firms’ workflows

If you’re a lawyer and you haven’t heard of Syntheia, you should read this two-minute blog.

Syntheia allows legal documents prepared by experienced lawyers to be searched using natural language. Syntheia’s ability to link search results back to their source documents means users can determine whether wording suggested by Syntheia is reliable.

For context, Syntheia:

· is being used and piloted by law firms in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.

· is the winner of “Deal Technology of the Year” at the 2023 Legalweek Leaders in Tech Law Awards.

· doesn’t hallucinate because it doesn’t generate text. Instead, Syntheia’s AI enables users:

  1. to quickly find wording from their law firm’s own precedents and work product; and

  2. to identify the wordings’ source documents. Depending on data availability, Syntheia can also provide the documents’ authors, dates, jurisdictions, parties, etc.

Basic use cases include:

· A law firm has a precedents database but most of its hundreds/thousands of precedents are rarely used: text-searching is impractical and maintaining a master list of precedents is too time-consuming. With Syntheia, “unlocking” the knowledge within this database involves uploading the precedents to a secure cloud (automated); giving the AI time to analyze the precedents (automated); and granting users access through a Word add-in.

· A lawyer tasks their articling student with drafting a clause. With Syntheia, the student (i) can provide a draft based on an AI-enabled search of only that lawyer’s prior work; and (ii) if the lawyer has any concerns about the draft, the student can explain why they drafted it the way they did by referring to the source documents/clauses.

The above only scratches the surface of Syntheia’s capabilities. In a future blog, I’ll cover its Super Comparer feature which is a game-changer for reviewing a large number of legal documents.

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