Luminance harnesses the latest advances in artificial intelligence, developed in-house by our team of Cambridge University Ph.Ds.

Luminance pairs three key new-era technologies with human training and experience to transform legal document understanding:


  •       Pattern recognition algorithms

  •      Advanced statistical probability analysis

  •       Supervised and unsupervised machine learning
A unique approach

Legacy document review products on the market have critical limitations, often relying on mathematics that is a decade or more old. Many use an outdated keyword-based approach to finding information within documents. This is time consuming and results in blind spots: it cannot spot risks or opportunities that the user isn’t aware they should be searching for.

Other vendors require lengthy, expensive customisation before their systems are ready to use on each project.

These consulting-led products require their clients to decide what provisions or data they would like to find and then work to construct elaborate rule sets. Legal teams cannot afford to waste time learning to use, and adapting their work to fit, outdated systems.

Luminance recognises that simple keyword search and clause extraction are no longer enough. By pairing machine learning algorithms and advanced mathematical techniques with deep domain expertise, Luminance removes the need for lengthy development phases and continuous costly maintenance.

simple to implement

Despite the sophisticated technology underpinning the system, Luminance is fast and easy to deploy, requiring minimal installation. Luminance is software and can be installed as a physical appliance or accessed securely via the cloud. Once documents have been uploaded via your file system or virtual data room, Luminance’s machine learning algorithms automatically identify clauses, extract data and detect anomalies. Users simply log on via their web browser to get immediate insight.

language agnostic

Luminance offers the only truly language-agnostic technology on the market, and the majority of our clients use the platform to review multilingual projects. Because it detects patterns in the language of any data set, Luminance does not need to be ‘fluent’ in a language in order to be useful. It can expose similarities and differences between contracts written in any language. The more concepts your team identifies to Luminance in non-English languages, the more sophisticated its understanding becomes.

Patterns and probability

Luminance understands language by context and content, not just by searching for certain words.

It can do so because the technology does not work on the basis of rules and keywords. Luminance harnesses proprietary algorithms to identify patterns in the language of every data room it encounters. The system does not require input from a human, but rather exposes repeated patterns within language and groups them together.

An advanced form of statistical probability called Bayesian estimation is used to determine which patterns are most likely to be important, before they are mapped against human concepts such as document types or contract clauses. This allows for a great deal of flexibility and enables algorithms to discover the ‘unknown unknowns’ – correlations and deviations no one had thought to look for.

Machine learning

Machine learning algorithms give computers the ability to learn and teach themselves from the data they are given, without being explicitly programmed.

Luminance’s unique combination of supervised and unsupervised learning allows the system to constantly improve and adjust its algorithms based on every data room it encounters. This means that, while Luminance comes with a ‘starter pack’ of commonly-used clause and document types that it will automatically identify, it also learns and improves as you use it.

Machine learning offers lawyers vital flexibility. Luminance can be used for any project or transaction, with no extensive training required. It is simple to teach Luminance to recognise new legal concepts, in any language, so that customers can build their own knowledge and expertise into the system.

Luminance is the only legal technology today to employ unsupervised machine learning. This approach means it does not need any input from a human to identify key similarities and differences across large numbers of contracts.

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