vLex + ABA Partner to Widen Legal Research Capabilities

Legal research company, vLex, and the American Bar Association (ABA), have formed a partnership that will see the national organisation’s law books and journals made available on vLex’s platform, joining existing content from over 100 countries.

The move follows the acquisition of UK-based legal research company, Justis, last year, and marks another expansionary step for vLex – which is vying for market share with other major legal data companies such as Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis and Wolters Kluwer.

vLex has had a strong focus historically on the Spanish-speaking world and has a base in Spain, as well as a headquarters in Florida, USA. With the ABA deal, the company is further establishing itself in the American legal sector – the largest legal market on the planet by some distance.

The ABA books and journals available on vLex will cover areas of the law such as litigation, intellectual property, international tax, cybersecurity and arbitration, the company said. The partnership will also in turn help US lawyers to familiarise themselves with vLex and what it offers.

At the time of the Justis acquisition, the legal research company said it was also increasing its commitment to AI-powered tools and services on the platform that can provide a more contextual research capability.

CEO of vLex, Lluis Faus, commented on the ABA deal: ‘This is a key partnership for vLex globally. The ABA is the largest American legal publisher in terms of secondary source content, and through this collaboration we will be able to integrate world-leading thought leadership content.’

Donna Gollmer, Director, ABA Publishing, added: ‘Our partnership with vLex is an exciting and meaningful one for the ABA, allowing us to advance our historic mission of sharing the rule of law globally and reach our valued international audience.’