Caricature of William Ballantine. Caption reads “He resisted the temptation to cross-examine a Prince of the blood”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
BY GABRIELLE ORUM HERNÁNDEZ
It’s not often that you’d consider the old school, white-wigged English barristers and chatbot technology in the same sentence, but Stephen Ward, a career barristers’ clerk and founder of clerk-oriented technology company Clerksroom, took his interest in developing technology and turned it back on his own job.
Billy Bot is a chatbot that can interface with members of the public about some of the same preliminary legal questions that barristers’ clerks often handle. “This really is a natural development from building case management systems and online payment portals. We’re looking at new ways to automate old-fashioned practices,” he said.