By: 7 November 2017
Robot Lawyer LISA adds ability to help create property-related legal documents

LISA, the robot lawyer, has had a suite of new services added to it, allowing landlords, tenants, owners and property entrepreneurs create legal documents without the need to consult a lawyer.

LISA’s new services allow users to create business leases, residential leases and lodger agreements together with the other party. LISA’s creator’s say that the machine’s impartiality means it can act on behalf of both the creator of the document and receiver, negating the need for human lawyers for both parties.

LISA already offers a free non-disclosure agreement (NDA) service. The same technology, imbued with human legal and commercial insight has been used to develop these three new tools.

Chrissie Lightfoot, the Yorkshire-based co-founder of LISA, said that her and her co-founder had been looking at other ways that the AI tool could support businesspeople, industries and consumers in their professional and personal lives.

“We’ve received a huge amount of positive feedback welcoming LISA, and in particular with regard to the convenience and uniqueness of the NDA tool,” said Lightfoot.

“Users of LISA were keen to express an interest in the kinds of tools we have just released, amongst others. It’s easy to understand why given that 59% of 20 to 39 year-olds in England will be privately renting by 2025, the number of spare room lodgers in UK has doubled since 2009 and is on an upward trajectory, and the proportion of self-employed workers will be close to 20% by 2025 as per PwC’s 2016 report.”

“Property seemed to be an obvious choice, given the frequency with which agreements need to be drafted whenever properties or units are rented out on either a commercial or residential basis. In the UK, only one in 10 people and businesses take advice from a solicitor or barrister, meaning a huge proportion of small and medium businesses and consumers muddle on without legal representation, because they don’t have the time, resources or feel comfortable talking to a human lawyer.

“LISA aims to solve that problem, by giving the latent legal market an opportunity to self-help and self-serve by providing them with a convenient way to achieve quality legal insight and advice which they desperately need and want.”