The Nuts and Bolts: The Artificial Intelligence Takeover?

Construction & Legal Automation

Construction | Forensic & Litigation Consulting

July 15, 2019

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Step into 2050. Automation is the new normal and artificial intelligence (AI) continues to push boundaries beyond the realms of possibility.

Step back into 2019. The line between human and machine is already blurring with technological advances sparking fears of a shrinking workforce, leaving the future a hazy place for millions of workers. But what impact will this have on the construction sector – and can AI really replace a dispute resolution professional? Richard Begbey from our Construction Solutions team in London takes a closer look.

Predictions on construction and legal automation

Given the time, quality control and labour pressures in the sector, automation has the scope to address many unwelcomed industry burdens and can complement the work that humans do at each stage of the construction process, both from a practical and legal perspective.

Specifically, it has been predicted that:

  • Construction labour has a 59% probability of automation whilst legal jobs have a 39% probability;1
  • 43% of the UK Construction market has the potential to be automated resulting in the potential loss of 518k employees (global average 44%), whereas 35% of the professional services sector could be automated resulting in the potential loss of 814k employees as this makes up a larger part of the UK labour force (global average 39%);2
1 Nedelkoska, L. and G. Quintini (2018), “Automation, skills use and training”, OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 202, OECD Publishing, Paris,

2 “Where Machines Can Replace Humans”, Mckinsey Global, https://public.!/vizhome/InternationalAutomation/ WhereMachinesCanReplaceHumans - accessed 14 November 2018

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Senior Managing Director, Head of Europe Construction Solutions