-Bolsters management team with appointment of Eleanor Weaver as General Manager and Orianne Auger as Head of Discovery
26 January 2021 – Luminance, the market-leading artificial intelligence platform for lawyers, today announced that over 300 customers in more than 50 countries are using its machine learning technology to revolutionise the process of document review.
In a tumultuous year, the flexibility and quick deployment of Luminance’s machine learning technology has resulted in the company’s customer base expanding by over 40%, as organisations look to assess a range of unexpected legal issues such as evaluating existing commitments in light of altered circumstances, assessing force majeure provisions and reviewing real estate holdings. In addition, faced with the challenges of distributed workforces, customer demand for seamless collaboration tools and a secure way to access documents remotely has been a driving force for Luminance’s growth.
Luminance is currently used by one in five Global 100 law firms, including White & Case, Eversheds Sutherland and Holland & Knight. The company has seen particularly strong growth in its eDiscovery platform over the past year, having celebrated a 70% increase in eDiscovery customers in 2020 alone. With experts predicting an increase in the number of disputes - as is commonly seen in times of economic uncertainty - lawyers are looking for tools to help them sift through the data and quickly find what matters. This year, Luminance’s technology enabled Dentons’ Dubai office to complete a review of 180,000 documents related to an arbitration case in just two weeks, rather than the two months they projected it would have taken manually.
Off the back of a strong year with a host of product enhancements, high-profile client wins and prestigious awards, Eleanor Weaver, a former Director at world-leading cyber AI company, Darktrace, will join Luminance as General Manager. Orianne Auger, who has been with Luminance since 2019 and manages a number of the company’s eDiscovery customers, including leading law firms such as Burness Paull and in-house legal teams such as one of the UK’s largest supermarkets, will become Head of Discovery, leading Luminance’s fast-growing eDiscovery business. Both roles will be based from the firm’s London office.
Luminance’s newly-appointed Head of Discovery, Orianne Auger, said: “2020 was a strong year for our Discovery business and we have proven that our technology is revolutionary for firms wanting to conduct rapid and robust investigations. As the only technology that understands documents at a conceptual level and offers AI-powered ECA, Luminance enables our customers to quickly cull irrelevant data and get to the heart of the matter.”
Eleanor Weaver, who brings to the role a wealth of experience in leading fast-growing technology companies, added: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of General Manager of Luminance at such an exciting time in the company’s growth. Much like the cyber security industry, the legal profession is ripe for the kind of innovation that Luminance is delivering, particularly since the onset of the pandemic. I am incredibly excited to join this fast-paced team and continue accelerating the company’s growth.”
Founded by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Luminance combines pattern-recognition technology with supervised and unsupervised machine learning to read and form an understanding of legal documentation in any language and jurisdiction, immediately surfacing the most relevant information and vastly reducing the amount of time spent on document review. The company recently announced the release of a suite of smart redaction tools as part of a continued expansion of the Luminance platform to cater for a wide range of practice areas and legal use cases.
Luminance received a Queen’s Award for Innovation and was recognised as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. The company supports its growing customer base from offices in London, Cambridge, New York and Singapore.
Luminance is the leading artificial intelligence platform for the legal profession. Founded by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Luminance has developed the Legal Inference Transformation Engine (LITE), the first true application of machine learning to the legal industry, combining pattern-recognition technology with supervised and unsupervised machine learning to read and understand human language. Luminance is used by law firms and in-house teams in over 50 countries around the world to improve processes such as due diligence, contract negotiation, regulatory compliance reviews, property portfolio analysis and eDiscovery. The company has offices in London, Cambridge, New York and Singapore.
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