News 2 Feb 2016 4 min read

British inventor who transformed the legal industry with software

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Graham Smith-Bernal, Opus 2 Founder and CEO


Graham Smith-Bernal is a British entrepreneur and inventor who left school at 16, became a court stenographer by 18, and ended up completely transforming how court cases are recorded and reported.

And now the 57-year-old has invented another piece of tech that is set to make those previous inventions obsolete. It's pretty crazy.

Effectively, the technology turns paper documents involved in court cases into digital files — therefore speeding up the legal process and cutting down man hours, ergo costs.

It's being used in both the US and the UK.

These include Britain's Jersey child abuse enquiries, the Hillsborough inquest, and even the 2012 Roman Abramovich-Boris Berezovsky court case.

In essence, Smith-Bernal's technology made the legal industry more efficient by eradicating most of its dependency on paper documents and digitised all elements of the legal process in easy to use technology.

“The last bastions of resistance to technology is the legal world but more and more people are getting on board once they realise the cost and time benefits of the technology,” Smith-Bernal told Business Insider.

"There's a psychological barrier when there are technological impacts on a traditional industry but once you have one person on board, it's easy for others to see the minimal learning curve and significant benefit from adoption."

In his twenties Smith-Bernal founded the UK’s biggest court reporting agency, later selling it for over £15 million ($21 million). He then devised one of the world’s first computerised court reporting and evidence management services, LiveNote. 

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