Westlaw UK (a Thomson Reuters product) and Practical Law Company (PLC) have co-operated to connect PLC’s practical know how with Westlaw UK’s primary source services.
Up until now, although many law firms subscribe to both services time has been lost switching between the two to find the information they need. References to legislation in PLC are now linked to the corresponding items in Westlaw UK. Once subscribers are logged-in to Westlaw UK and PLC they are able to move seamlessly from know how to consolidated legislation.
Mark Schlageter, President, Legal UK & Ireland, Thomson Reuters, comments: “Being able to link seamlessly from PLC’s practical know-how to Westlaw UK’s underlying primary sources will revolutionise how law firms conduct their research. With law firms under pressure to reduce fees and looking for innovative ways to boost the bottom line the collaboration between Westlaw UK and PLC will make a real difference by saving on the cost of research.”
Schlageter adds: “This innovation has been driven by customer demand. We asked customers what enhancements they wanted to see to Westlaw UK and many suggested such a link. We thought this was a great idea too. The whole point of web-based legal services is to help lawyers use their time as efficiently as possible. This is a major step forward.”
According to Robert Dow, CEO, Practical Law Company: “We have been pleased to work with Westlaw UK to connect our know how with their primary sources.  Our products are highly complementary and each is best in class, so providing convenient access and links makes sense.  We are delighted with the positive reaction we are receiving from our subscribers.”
Hyper-linked references to legislation in PLC’s corporate content are now live and linking from PLC’s other practice areas will be complete by the end of 2011. To follow links between PLC and Westlaw UK, users must have a subscription to the underlying services.