vLex hires Dan Hoadley to lead new LLM-focused research and development team

28 March 2024Press Release

28th March, 2024 - vLex, a global legal intelligence platform that provides legal professionals with access to the most extensive collection of legal and regulatory material in the world, is excited to announce the formation of a new advanced research and development team dedicated to the exploration and integration of Large Language Models (LLMs) in legal technology. This initiative marks a significant milestone in vLex’s commitment to innovation and excellence in legal tech.

Leading this cutting-edge research team will be Dan Hoadley, joining vLex as Head of Research and Development on the 1st of April 2024. Recently appointed as the technology advisor for the English Civil Justice Council, and with his background as Mishcon de Reya’s Head of Data Science, and Head of Research at the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales (ICLR), Hoadley brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and visionary leadership to the company. His expertise in leveraging data science and artificial intelligence within legal contexts has established him as a leading figure in legal tech innovation.

“Bringing Dan Hoadley on board marks a significant leap not only for legal research but for enhancing legal workflows across the board. Our aim goes beyond innovative research tools; we're looking to revolutionize how legal professionals work. Dan's expertise will be pivotal in evolving vLex to not just meet but exceed the demands of modern legal practice, reinforcing our position at the forefront of legal tech innovation.” - Lluis Faus, vLex's Co-Founder and CEO.

Comprising a combination of data scientists, research engineers, and legal solutions experts, the new team will focus on leveraging the capabilities of LLMs to enhance the efficiency, accuracy, and accessibility of legal AI, research and workflows. By harnessing the power of intelligent technologies, vLex aims to lead the development of innovative solutions that will transform how legal professionals access and analyze legal information. The team will have a global scope, initially focusing on partnerships with large law, enterprise and corporate firms in North America and the UK.

“Legal research has always provided the venue for the most impactful applications of new technology in the legal vertical – developments in this space over the last year provide a very powerful demonstration of this. I am thrilled to join vLex to lead this groundbreaking team. I have been following the work of vLex (and its UK-forerunner, Justis) for a long time: they have a strong track-record of driving tangible innovation into their products, and have built a colossal, high-caliber store of data. I look forward to helping vLex create the next-generation of AI tools that empower legal professionals worldwide.” – Dan Hoadley, vLex’s incoming Head of Research and Development.

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