CMS first law firm in Europe to adopt innovative machine learning and data visualisation platform

9 February 2017

In an innovative move that will dramatically accelerate data analysis and review in litigation, arbitration and investigations, CMS is investing in its litigation technology business (CMS Evidence) by adopting Brainspace, a machine learning and ‘data visualisation’ technology that facilitates a step change in the speed and efficiency of analysis of documents.

Advanced machine learning and visualisations enable users—in just a matter of hours—to visually identify themes and related terms to review the scale of and relationships between documents as well as the people who are communicating about those concepts. Brainspace Discovery is one of the legal industry's most advanced software applications for digital investigations and unstructured data analysis.

Penelope Warne, The Senior Partner of CMS UK comments: “We are seeing exciting technological advances in both the business and legal world, which is not only enhancing the way we work, but importantly changing and improving the way we deliver services to clients. As a dynamic firm we embrace technology led disruption and have set ourselves up to be agile and able to respond to changing market conditions. This latest innovation underscores our commitment to being a truly technologically innovative firm.”

Guy Pendell, CMS’ Head of Commercial, Regulatory and Disputes comments “CMS is embracing new technologies and investing in solutions that enable us to serve our clients’ needs as efficiently as possible. Investing in this technology gives us, and our clients, far greater control over a process which is typically very time consuming.” CMS’ Emma Pinkerton, a partner in the Real Estates Disputes Team says “we frequently seek early alternative dispute resolution to try to maintain business relationships, using this technology for early case assessment will allow us and our clients to identify the critical information more quickly, facilitating better-informed decision making in the early stages of a dispute.”

“This is a sophisticated and intuitive data review and analysis tool that will help to meet the challenges of having to work with increasing amounts of data on disputes and investigations matters,” says Omar Qureshi, head of corporate crime at CMS. “The net result will be a saving in time and cost for clients and a significant improvement in the speed in understanding the relevant data, and identifying the issues and relationships it reveals.”

"We are thrilled to have CMS as a partner and customer, a firm setting a high standard for excellence and innovation in the legal industry,” said Dave Copps, CEO of Brainspace. "Brainspace is continuing to extend its lead as the premier analytics provider in the industry and adoption of our technology by CMS not only highlights our commitment to growth in Europe, but will bring radical improvement to the productivity and effectiveness of CMS."

Brainspace adds to the range of products offered by CMS Evidence, a unique service created by CMS to support the hosting, forensic analysis, review and distribution of electronic and physical evidence. CMS Evidence is available across the global firm.