vLex Justis Expands Asia-Pacific Coverage, Follows Mishcon NLP Partnership

vLex Justis, the NLP-powered research platform, has added a 125,000-strong collection of case law from superior courts in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, as the company goes from strength to strength following the combination between vLex and Justis in March last year.

The South East Asia-focused expansion follows the launch of a collaboration with UK law firm, Mishcon de Reya, to further develop their NLP-based research capabilities. The move also follows an acceleration over the summer of the availability of new UK High Court dockets so that they are now updated on a daily basis.

The new South East Asia legal resource enables comprehensive research in the jurisprudence of the region as well as comparative research between Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia cases, and those from over 130 other jurisdictions, including the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Regular updates will ensure you can get access to the latest cases from these key jurisdictions, while an alerting feature will notify lawyers of changes and additions to the law. The collection includes the authoritative Singapore Law Reports.

The new content will be accessible with vLex Justis’s research tools, such as its precedent map and Vincent, an NLP-powered assistant.

Screenshot of the precedent map.

Masoud Gerami, Managing Director of vLex Justis, commented: ‘The popularity of the Singapore Law Reports, and the depth of research that it has offered to our users globally, has led us to assemble this important collection from these three key jurisdictions, and to make it available alongside our extensive library of legal information from around the world.’

Meanwhile, with regard to the project with Mishcon de Reya, which started earlier this summer, Robin Chesterman, Global Head of Product at vLex Justis, said: ‘We’ve been looking for a partner on this for a long time and we’re delighted to begin working with the team at Mishcon de Reya.

‘It’s a perfect fit. We have assembled the largest database of common law material in the world, and Mishcon de Reya have assembled a machine learning team second to none. The vLex Justis mission is to build legal research tools that allow our users to do their best work, and we are proud to continue running at the very edge of what’s possible when you combine technology with raw legal material.’

At the time of the collaboration launch, Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer, commented: ‘Machine Learning technologies are transforming how lawyers work, enabling them to gather insights from data corpora much quicker and more efficiently than using largely manual historic processes. Working with vLex Justis and their outstanding content and technology, we have the chance to explore together a number of use cases for the application of machine learning to legal text.’

Is this a big deal? It’s further evidence that the legal research market, long dominated on a global basis by the Big Two powerhouses, Thomson Reuters (Westlaw) and LexisNexis, are going to have to share more of the market with other players, as vLex Justis, Wolters Kluwer and Bloomberg Law are all steadily expanding their legal data resources and enhancing their tech tools to be more effective research providers.

It also shows that the combination of vLex with UK-based Justis is bearing fruit and helping to drive a broader expansion of the business beyond the initial synergies gained by the deal.

[ Main photo: Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. ]

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