Top City law firm reveals plans to use AI to remove "gender", including "he," "she," and "dear sir" from all of their templates
- Clifford Chance is one of the so-called elite law firms in London
- The company revealed plans to eliminate gender language in legal submissions
- Management company LexPredict has been directed to remove the use of "he", "she" and "chairman" from documents
A law firm in the elite city has announced plans to remove "gendered language" from their legal document templates – and will use robots to do the dirty work.
Clifford Chance, one of the five so-called "Magic Circle" companies, has already removed the greeting "Dear Sir or Madam" from its English-language letter template, but now wants to "eliminate" the so-called "gender-specific" language in all legal documents.
As part of the change, pronouns such as "he" or "she" will be replaced with "she" or "she" and the use of the word "chairman" will be banned.
The law firm instructed LexPredict, a knowledge management company, to use artificial intelligence to identify and eliminate gender-specific terms in templates.
Clifford Chance, one of the five so-called "Magic Circle" companies, has already removed the gender-specific greeting "Dear Sir or Madam" from its English-language letter template, but now wants to "remove" gender-specific terms in all legal templates. Center: Clifford Chance's Canary Wharf offices
Tiernan Brady, the company's global director of inclusion, said, “The words and language we use are very important. They send a signal of our values and can have both positive and negative effects on others and on our culture.
"Removing gender-specific language from our communication is a subtle but powerful way of demonstrating what we stand for and we are delighted that these steps are being taken within our company."
But lawyers are known for their precision and attention to detail Some more traditional partners are said to be resistant to what they see as a weakening of standards.
Mr. Brady told The Times, "Some of the commercial contract templates have been around for years."
Tiernan Brady, the company's global director of inclusion, said, “The words and language we use are very important. They send a signal of our values and can have both positive and negative effects on others and on our culture. & # 39;
He argued that erasing these "gendered" terms was "the logical next step in a process that has evolved over the past few years."
The move comes after one of Clifford Chance's elite rivals, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, dropped the "gendered" salutation of "Dear Sirs," which was used regardless of who the correspondence was addressed to.
Another member of the magic circle, Linklaters, is also charged with evaluating their communications to ensure that all gender-appropriate language is being used.
However, gender pronouns are not prohibited. Customers can request that references to "he", "she" and "chairman" be included in their documents.
Rachel Reese of Global Butterflies, who helped the government legal team produce a gender neutral editorial document, said: “We welcome Clifford Chance's implementation of their global gender neutral language policy. This shows their intention to attract employees and customers from the trans and non-binary community. & # 39;