Today’s lawyers use legal research on a daily basis to prepare for advising clients, negotiate with opposing counsel, or persuade a judge. Their understanding and analysis of a case often begins during this important stage when they identify the relevant facts and determine the legal issues that must be researched. Good legal research is thus a sophisticated process demanding tools that offer efficient and accurate legal information that is easily accessible.
Since its launch in 2004, MyLexisNexis, a comprehensive online research platform from LexisNexis South Africa, has enabled the legal fraternity to conduct research with ease and accuracy using the most authoritative source of legal materials in the market. Users can also personalise the solution through their own annotations, by storing search history, favourite filters and by organising work folders to suit their needs.
Raffael Beires, Business Developer at LexisNexis South Africa, says: “MyLexisNexis is an all-in-one online legal research platform, developed in consultation with legal professionals. The twice-daily ‘Stop Press’ feature enables you to stay up-to-date by instantly informing you of changes to legislation. Users are able to seamlessly cross-reference between commentary, cases, legislation and other legal materials. They also have access to the entire online library at once as compared to subscribing to individual sources.”
With South Africa’s most comprehensive collection of annotated legislation, cases, forms, precedents and commentary, MyLexisNexis covers all practice areas of law, as well as tax and financial services.
It brings together several leading LexisNexis solutions in one place, including:
- LexisLibrary, a simple, easy to access, all-in one, legal guide covering all legislative categories and topics in one centralised digital library delivering thousands of trusted legal, tax and regulatory materials. It includes Legal Citator which assists users to choose the most pertinent case law by providing guidance on the precedential value of each case and identifying all cases related to each section of an Act;
- Practical Guidance, with all the advice and answers that you would need straight away to eliminate the hassle and expense of figuring it out including contracts, forms, checklists and transactions;
- LexisAssure, the new compliance notification service from LexisNexis that informs you of any regulation changes that could specifically put your business at risk – it’s a pro-active radar that won’t let you miss a trick.
Unrivalled in its case coverage, MyLexisNexis provides access to over 21 000 local cases and transcripts, including authoritative series such as All South African Law, as well as specialist law reports series covering Labour Law, Constitutional Law, Pensions Law and Competition Law. It also covers Arbitration Awards and Judgments Online which boasts more than 34 000 cases from all areas of law, and includes not-reportable judgments. Acts are consolidated to include amendments by Statutory Instruments and available in PDF, while users can also access leading journals and index coverings including Employment Law Journal, Health and Safety Journal and Property Law Journal, as well as various legal dictionaries, directories and indices.
With a new interface launched within the last six months, users now experience an improved and extended content viewing area that makes navigating between LexisLibrary and Practical Guidance content easier.
Recent improvements have included search and navigation enhancements such as spell check and the addition of legal and content definitions. Persistent links ensure your legal documents reference the latest information through hyperlinks.
A “Breaking News” area within the Practical Guidance section of MyLexisNexis provides updates on the latest legal developments to ensure subscribers stay current within an ever changing environment.
LexisAssure provides a view of all relevant Acts relating to the user’s business, as well as the level of compliance risk associated with each Act. Daily email alerts keep users abreast of changes. There are non-legalese explanations of any changes to their regulatory universe, compliance obligations and potential penalties for non-compliance are identified. A compliance calendar helps users ensure they have not forgotten about important effective dates of legislation, regulations and penalties affecting their business.
New MyLexisNexis features to be launched in the next six months include point-in-time legislation, predictive search and a logical document comparison tool.
MyLexisNexis is compatible with all browsers and development is also underway to ensure that the solution becomes fully mobile compliant.
For a free 7 day trial or for more information, visit http://www.lexisnexis.co.za/mylexisnexis/
About LexisNexis® Legal & Professional
LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading-edge technology and world-class content to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 175 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.
In July 2012, investment firm Tsiya Group, chaired by Fani Titi, acquired a minority interest in LexisNexis® South Africa. Tsiya is a privately owned investment group that was established in 2008 and focuses on acquiring interests in unlisted businesses. The company has a particular interest in the media and information industry and is currently invested in two radio stations, namely Heart FM (which broadcasts in the Western Cape) and Gagasi FM (which broadcasts in KwaZulu-Natal).
In November 2015, LexisNexis® South Africa established itself as a leader in conveyancing solutions in the South African legal market with its acquisition of a 100% stake in Korbitec (Pty) Ltd. For more than 38 years, Korbitec has been a trusted pioneer and provider of innovative workflow solutions for South African property professionals, including market-leading solutions, GhostConvey and WinDeed. Korbitec has its head office in Cape Town, and countrywide presence with Regional Offices in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and Bloemfontein.