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Considerations when using ChatGPT and Generative AI Software based on large language models

Purpose: To provide barristers with a summary of considerations if using ChatGPT or any other generative AI software based on large language models (LLMs).
Scope of application: All practising barristers and chambers
Issued by: The Information Technology Panel.
First reviewed: 01/01/2024

The purpose of this guidance is to provide a useful summary of considerations for barristers if they decide to use ChatGPT or any similar LLM software. It should also be noted that generative LLM technologies are developing rapidly and as the field of generative AI continues to evolve, with new models and advances being introduced regularly, it is always good to understand the underlying model and acknowledge its limitations prior to using these technologies. It is important to note that the legal and regulatory landscape on the use of AI is subject to constant change, and therefore barristers will need to be vigilant and adapt accordingly.

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This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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