Technology Assisted Review – court approves use of “Artificial Intelligence” in disclosure

The judgment of Master Matthews in Pyrrho Investments Ltd v MWB Property Ltd [2016] EWHC 256 (Ch) is the first reported decision of the English High Court endorsing the use of the technology commonly referred to as “predictive coding” or “technology assisted review” in place of “manual” review in disclosure. In appropriate cases the technology can save substantial costs by vastly reducing the number of documents that need to be reviewed by a lawyer. What is this technology? Technology assisted review (TAR) comes in various forms but essentially relies on algorithms similar to those utilised by Amazon, Google and other websites to show you products and services of potential interest based on previous browsing and purchasing history. Many readers may be unaware that this technology is probably already filtering their…


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