February 04, 2014
Thomson Reuters Concourse Adds Practical Law, Powerful New Technology Enhancements
NEW YORK – Thomson Reuters today announced significant enhancements to Thomson Reuters Concourse, its matter-centric workflow solution for corporate legal departments. The newly integrated components include Practical Law, Integrated Search using WestlawNext® and Bulk Contact Manager.
The addition of Practical Law provides Thomson Reuters Concourse users with access to the full Practical Law library, including Practice Notes, Standard Documents and Clauses, Checklists and more, all created by attorney editors who are experts in their practice area. In Concourse, Practical Law content can be accessed through WestlawNext or via the dashboard. When searching Practical Law via the Concourse dashboard, practice areas and topics can be selected to target specific documents and results.
According to Eric Laughlin, managing director of the Thomson Reuters Corporate segment, Practical Law content is a perfect fit with the business’s workflow approach for corporate law department customers. “Practical Law content helps lawyers get up to speed quickly on areas of practice and allows recognized best-practices to be part of the flow of a matter within an organization or with outside counsel. It’s a huge time saver and it’s quality control at your fingertips.”
The Concourse team also has added efficiency-driving technologies to manage content. Integrated Search enables the query to include results of all relevant matters within Concourse alongside the comprehensive results from WestlawNext. Whether searching from the Concourse dashboard or WestlawNext, the search brings together all the relevant content from across multiple systems – individual work product, legal department exemplars, relevant legal research, and know-how from Practical Law.
A much requested feature that will be integrated this month to enhance Concourse Legal Hold will be Bulk Contact Manager. Through Bulk Contact Manager, user’s can upload numerous contacts quickly, easily and accurately, and validate the information with their human resource system to ensure accuracy. The system automatically generates reports during the update process allowing for changes to be reviewed and verified.
“Through key product integrations, leading-edge technology, tools and services, law departments are becoming more efficient,” said Laughlin. “The goal is to help customers handle and manage more work – with less effort – and focus resources on areas that will benefit the organization and provide the best possible return on investment.”
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