Kennedys announces exclusive cognitive computing partnership in India

We are pleased to announce an exclusive partnership in India that will see our investment in innovation accelerate.

Cognitive Computing Services Private Limited, which is based in Technopark, Trivandrum, Kerala, will be primarily focused on technologies such as rapid prototyping, application development, text analytics, machine learning and Blockchain.

Cognitive Computing Services, a team of IT experts, is headed by CEO Tony Joseph, who has more than 15 years’ experience in technology businesses and will be working most closely with our recently appointed Head of Research and Development, Karim Derrick.

At Kennedys, we view technology as an enabler of change that will help benefit us, and most importantly our clients. This latest development with the Cognitive Computing Services partnership accelerates the development of innovations and our desire to reduce legal spend for clients.

Richard West, Partner and Head of Kennedys’ liability division

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Richard adds: “Enabling future technologies is an industry priority for the insurance sector. Many insurers are directly investing in the growing number of InsurTech start-ups that are using technology to give customers an even better experience. The industry recognises the important role new technologies can play in boosting the British economy and supporting society.

“The wider drive behind courts providing greater access to justice at lower costs is something Kennedys has been actively involved with for a number of years. We are proud to be a part of the Online Courts Hackathon and look forward to joining forces with other organisations in support of this initiative.”

Tony Joseph, CEO of Cognitive Computing Services, added: “Our team is very excited to be exclusively joining forces with the Kennedys’ R&D team in driving new innovation in the Lawtech and Insurtech sectors. We are sure that this agreement will help strengthen Kennedys’ existing client innovations and technologies.”

The firm, along with some team members from Cognitive Computing Services, recently took part with some 216 participants in the Online Courts Hackathon organised by the Society for Computers and Law, Legal Geek, author Professor Richard Susskind OBE and the Judiciary of England and Wales.

The proposed introduction of an online court in England and Wales represents one of the most significant reforms to the justice system in the past two centuries. The idea of the Hackathon was to bring lawyers, court users, law students and technologists together over a 24-hour period, and for teams to design and build solutions, systems, and technologies to support online courts – with the overarching aim of improving access to justice.

In March, we announced the latest release of our virtual defence lawyer KLAiM: an online litigation management system that is designed to streamline, automate and help clients use lawyers less. KLAiM forms part of the Kennedys Toolkit, a suite of innovative products aimed at making the legal process more transparent and straightforward.

Last week, we reported an eight per cent increase in turnover for the financial year 2016/17 of £149.9m, up from £138.8m, as well as a planned merger with Manchester-based commercial litigation specialists berg.