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LexisNexis launches Context Expert Analytics in the UK – here’s what you need know

LexisNexis has today (19 May) launched Context Expert Analytics to help simplify and speed up the identification and selection of expert witnesses.

Context Expert Analytics is powered by over 600K cases, with 16 million author profiles from Elsevier’s abstract and citation database.

The search engine uses natural language processing to review and summarise judicial commentary.  We’re told it also presents a clear sentiment analysis for these comments – making it simple to rank experts by their actual impact.

The expert database is updated within 24 hours of cases being available in LexisLibrary and contains more than 50 years of case law history.

Leona Blanco, National Knowledge and Information Manager at Clyde & Co said: “Context Expert Analytics is the perfect tool for quite a few of our practice area teams.  It helps them to identify the relevant expert for the successful outcome of their cases.  It provides instant and timely data showcasing live links to cases in which experts appeared, allowing our lawyers to assess the expert and their treatment by the courts.”

LexisNexis Director of Solutions, Dani McCormick, added: “At LexisNexis, we have a phenomenal database of legal intelligence.  We are always looking for new and innovative ways to surface information in a way that adds value to lawyers. Our beta clients love how easily they can find new experts and, in particular, how simple it is to validate their expertise and understand how they performed under pressure in court.”

And Mark Solon, founder and former managing director of expert witness training company Bond Solon, told Legal IT Insider: “Exercising maximum due diligence when selecting an expert witness is essential. Experts need two sets of skills: firstly having the right qualifications and experience to be able to provide a credible opinion on the issues in dispute but secondly, fully trained in the skills to be an expert witness including report writing and giving oral evidence. Lexie Nexis take the checking process a stage deeper.”

The Context brand was first launched in the US in 2018 where it included analytics on expert witnesses as part of the first phase. Subsequently it has launched further modules including an attorney analytics solution launched in March this year.

Context Expert Analytics is the latest of a series of significant UK product releases from LexisNexis. In April it launched Lexis Create, which aims to create a single hub for fee-earner drafting within the Microsoft environment. You can read our interview with McCormick here