Embracing the AI Revolution

Impact, framework and strategic considerations for corporate legal departments

Philipp Rosenauer
Partner Legal, PwC Switzerland

Fatih Sahin
Director, TLS Artificial Intelligence & Data Lead, PwC Switzerland

Artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI are revolutionising the way businesses operate, and corporate legal departments are no exception. As AI continues to make advances, it offers new opportunities for legal professionals to streamline processes, reduce costs and improve decision-making. In this blog post, we will explore the impact of AI on corporate legal departments, provide a framework for leveraging AI effectively, discuss potential risks and pitfalls and offer strategic considerations for the future.

A framework for leveraging AI in corporate legal departments

Contract management:
AI-powered contract management tools can help automate contract drafting, review and negotiation processes. By leveraging natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning algorithms, these tools can quickly identify clauses, flag potential issues and suggest revisions, significantly reducing the time and effort required to manage contracts.

Legal research:
AI-powered legal research platforms can rapidly analyse vast amounts of legal data, helping legal professionals find relevant case law, statutes and regulations more efficiently. These platforms can also assist in predicting case outcomes and identifying trends, allowing legal teams to make more informed decisions.

AI can streamline the e-discovery process by automating the document review process, identifying relevant information and categorising data based on keywords, phrases or concepts. This not only saves time, but also reduces the risk of human error and improves accuracy.

Intellectual property management:
AI can help identify and protect intellectual property assets, such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights. By analysing large datasets, AI can spot potential infringements, monitor market activity and support strategic decision-making related to IP management.

Compliance and risk management:
AI-powered compliance and risk management tools can monitor internal and external regulations, flag potential violations and automate reporting processes. These tools can also help predict and mitigate potential risks, enabling legal departments to proactively address potential issues.

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Risks and pitfalls of AI in corporate legal departments

Overreliance on AI:
While AI can significantly improve efficiency and decision-making, it should not replace human judgement and expertise. Legal professionals must continue to exercise their judgement, particularly in complex or high-stakes matters.

Data privacy and security:
AI relies on large datasets to function effectively, which may raise data privacy and security concerns. Legal departments must ensure that AI tools are compliant with data protection regulations and must implement robust security measures to protect sensitive information.

Ethical and bias concerns:
AI algorithms can inadvertently perpetuate existing biases or introduce new ones, potentially leading to unfair or discriminatory outcomes. Legal departments must carefully evaluate AI tools for potential bias and ensure that they adhere to ethical principles.

Legal and regulatory compliance:
As AI becomes more prevalent, legal departments must stay abreast of emerging regulations and ensure that their AI tools remain compliant with applicable laws.

Strategic considerations for corporate legal departments

Develop an AI strategy:
Legal departments should develop a clear AI strategy that outlines their goals, objectives and desired outcomes. This strategy should be aligned with the organisation's broader business objectives and consider the specific needs and requirements of the legal department.

Invest in AI education and training:
To maximise the benefits of AI, legal professionals must understand its capabilities and limitations. Invest in AI education and training programmes to ensure that your team is well equipped to leverage AI effectively.

Monitor AI developments and trends:
Stay informed about emerging AI technologies, applications and trends to ensure that your legal department remains at the forefront of innovation. By proactively exploring new AI tools and use cases, you can identify potential opportunities for further improvement and efficiency gains.

Foster collaboration with AI vendors and experts:
Establish relationships with AI vendors and experts to gain insights into the latest AI developments and best practices. By fostering collaboration, you can ensure that your legal department stays up to date with advances in AI and can adopt new technologies more effectively.

Plan for the future:
As AI continues to evolve, legal departments must anticipate future challenges and opportunities. Consider potential scenarios, such as increased automation, the rise of new legal technology providers and evolving regulations. By preparing for these changes, your legal department will be better positioned to adapt and thrive in the rapidly evolving AI landscape.


The adoption of artificial intelligence and generative AI in corporate legal departments offers numerous benefits, including improved efficiency, cost savings and enhanced decision-making. By developing a robust framework for leveraging AI, being aware of the risks and pitfalls and strategically planning for the future, legal departments can successfully navigate the AI revolution and emerge as leaders in the legal field. By embracing AI and its transformative potential, corporate legal departments can not only streamline their operations but also become more proactive, strategic partners within their organisations. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to join our upcoming webinar.


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Philipp Rosenauer

Philipp Rosenauer

Partner Legal, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 18 56

Fatih Sahin

Fatih Sahin

Director, AI & Data Leader Tax & Legal Services, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 48 28