Thomson Reuters Buys CaseLines

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Thomson Reuters today announced that it has acquired CaseLines, a leading cloud-based court document and evidence management platform.

It follows the purchase of HighQ, the legal data sharing platform, last year.

The CaseLines platform ‘facilitates users, such as governments, judges, courts and legal practitioners to ensure that this essential service to courts and the justice system is technically available anywhere to those who need it. The CaseLines platform delivers justice efficiencies for the court room and is expediting the digital transformation of legal processes for governments, judges, courts and practitioners around the world’ the company said.

The acquisition of CaseLines ‘enhances Thomson Reuters offerings in the courts administration space and furthers the company’s strategic approach to deliver innovative end-to-end solutions to its legal community partners internationally’ the publishing giant added.

They also noted that CaseLines has ‘proven successful in the UK, and the acquisition further supports a recent agreement between Thomson Reuters and Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General to provide CaseLines to support civil, criminal and family courts across the province’. 

Stephen Rubley, president of the Government Segment of Thomson Reuters, said: ‘The CaseLines platform enables the courts to operate in a faster, more efficient manner, helping people get the justice they deserve. By developing new technologies and capabilities, of which we are at the forefront, our aim is to support our customers in creating an increasingly accessible justice system for all.’

Paul Sachs, founder, CaseLines, added: ‘We have a proven record of enabling the courts’ digital transformation in the UK. We are optimistic that with Thomson Reuters global footprint we will be able to help courts around the world continue to operate effectively and efficiently into the future.’

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Is this a big deal? Not Earth-shattering, but it further enhances TR’s strategy of becoming not just a dominant owner of legal data, such as case law, but also having the ‘delivery systems’ for moving documents and other legal data to the clients, in this case those involved in court proceedings.

For CaseLines it’s naturally a massive change. Launched in around 2013, the UK-based company lists about 20 people on LinkedIn as employees, (though there may be more who are not listed).

The company will now be part of an entity that is hard to grasp at first. E.g. TR had 25,800 staff back in Q1 2019, although that may have changed due to divestitures and Covid-19 layoffs.

Meanwhile TR’s legal division made gross revenues of $617 million just in the last three months of 2019 – that’s about $6.85 million in revenue generated per day.

And, given that courts around the world are steadily embracing digitisation, the move makes a lot of sense. TR is global and has the legal data. CaseLines has the tailored platform.

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