Top law firms tell staff to stop using ChatGPT in work for clients

Lawyers and solicitors at Mason Hayes & Curran and at William Fry are warned to be aware of the risks of using AI when preparing or advising on cases

In May, lawyers at William Fry updated general counsel in Ireland from tech, gaming, banking, and finance companies on the technology’s latest developments. Picture: Getty

Lawyers at one of Ireland’s top law firms have been warned to stop the “discrete use” of artificial intelligence chatbots such as ChatGPT and never to use it in any work for clients.

A senior partner at Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC) alerted lawyers that management was aware of staff using the new technology “across the firm”.

Brian McElligott warned staff in an email that ChatGPT and similar tools “should never constitute the primary basis ...