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Our expert team of attorney editors creates and maintains thousands of up-to-date, practical resources so you don’t have to. We go beyond primary law and traditional legal research to give lawyers the resources needed to practice more efficiently, improve client service and add more value. Our job is to make you better at yours. Our services are available to law firms, corporate law departments and law schools. We cover all major practice areas and access is available through annual subscriptions. We do not have a “metered” approach, which means that there are no extra fees based on time, printing, downloading, etc. The point of the service is to use it. We also provide free trials for new users as well as free training and consultations on how to get the most value from a subscription to Practical Law. Law firms can subscribe to one, several or all of our practice areas and our law department offering includes all practice areas. In addition, we work with our subscribers to help them use Practical Law’s resources as the foundation of innovative professional development and onboarding programs, practical training materials, to benchmark their own internal documents and more. We encourage you to contact us to learn more.

Mission: We go beyond primary law and traditional legal research to give lawyers the resources needed to practice more efficiently, improve client service and add more value.

Practical Law Litigation’s latest weekly update on important changes to federal court and judges’ rules (April 24-30...
05/04/2019

Practical Law Litigation’s latest weekly update on important changes to federal court and judges’ rules (April 24-30) is live: https://tmsnrt.rs/2UOXRru

"Investments in technology that promotes efficiency and improves operational effectiveness, increases transparency, and ...
05/03/2019
Knowing Your Customer: What Midsize Law Firms Need to Appreciate about the “2019 State of Corporate Law Departments Report” | Legal Executive Institute

"Investments in technology that promotes efficiency and improves operational effectiveness, increases transparency, and differentiates your firm’s knowledge capabilities will assist you in meeting the corporate client’s needs and setting your firm apart."

A recent report exposed many challenges facing corporate law departments. Midsize law firms should take note & similarly adapt to better help their clients.

We are gearing up for #CLOC2019Vegas. Register today and stop by Thomson Reuters booth No. 21 to see what's new with Tho...
05/01/2019

We are gearing up for #CLOC2019Vegas. Register today and stop by Thomson Reuters booth No. 21 to see what's new with Thomson Reuters solutions for in-house law departments: https://tmsnrt.rs/2ZNZSYo

"A large misconception is that the evolution of the legal industry only benefits clients — that a focus on systems, ef...
04/29/2019
Can Your Legal Workflow Benefit From Innovation? | Legal Current

"A large misconception is that the evolution of the legal industry only benefits clients — that a focus on systems, efficiency and profitability is anathema to lawyers. There is no denying that legal work is complex. But the systems that support the work should simplify workflows."

Can Your Legal Workflow Benefit From Innovation? How many different technology systems does your firm use? Five? Ten? More? One AmLaw 200 firm conducted a recent audit and discovered more than 200 distinct systems in use. This could be easy to dismiss this as the inevitable result of the complex wor...

First Circuit holds that transferee courts apply their own circuit's cases interpreting federal law: https://tmsnrt.rs/2...
04/26/2019

First Circuit holds that transferee courts apply their own circuit's cases interpreting federal law: https://tmsnrt.rs/2VkbQcR

Your colleagues assume that the way you treat them is how you’ll treat their clients. | Attorney at Work
04/26/2019
Cultivating Internal Referral Sources - Attorney at Work

Your colleagues assume that the way you treat them is how you’ll treat their clients. | Attorney at Work

What can you do to be the first call for new projects? Sally Schmidt has seven steps for encouraging internal referral sources to keep you top of mind.

Increased focus on efficiency and delivering value will yield dividends for those firms bold enough to embrace change an...
04/24/2019
Complete Solution: Beyond Legal Project Management | Legal Current

Increased focus on efficiency and delivering value will yield dividends for those firms bold enough to embrace change and proactively seek solutions.

Complete Solution: Beyond Legal Project Management As the legal industry evolves, few things are certain. The “2019 Report on the State of the Legal Market” said that traditional law firm models have “broken apart” from new competition resulting in “unprecedented levels” of client and ta...

The day is coming when “what’s the status of this matter?” is a question that’s as routine and easy to answer as...
04/22/2019

The day is coming when “what’s the status of this matter?” is a question that’s as routine and easy to answer as “what did you have for breakfast?”

Learn more and stop dreading your status check calls: https://tmsnrt.rs/2Xp2H0n

FindLaw’s new playbook, The Legal Professional’s Guide To LinkedIn, makes the case for why an active, engaging and u...
04/21/2019
Looking to Bolster Your Firm’s Digital Footprint? Look No Further Than LinkedIn - Lawyer Marketing

FindLaw’s new playbook, The Legal Professional’s Guide To LinkedIn, makes the case for why an active, engaging and unique presence should be at the forefront of your marketing efforts.

With so many options out there, what is the best social media platform to shape and mold a firm’s brand? Spend the vast majority of your time on the channel with the most qualified professional audience: LinkedIn.

The Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issu...
04/19/2019

The Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a proposed rule which aims to limit the interconnectedness of large banking organizations and reduce the impact in the event of a failure of a large banking organization: https://tmsnrt.rs/2UDQQyw

Sixth Circuit holds that it does not have appellate jurisdiction to consider an appeal of an interim award of attorneys'...
04/17/2019

Sixth Circuit holds that it does not have appellate jurisdiction to consider an appeal of an interim award of attorneys' fees post-judgment, when the post-judgment proceedings are still ongoing: https://tmsnrt.rs/2DaaDL8

New technologies offer a tremendous opportunity for smart firms to refine their methods for managing their legal workflo...
04/17/2019
The Future of Legal Workflow Tools

New technologies offer a tremendous opportunity for smart firms to refine their methods for managing their legal workflows.

Read this expert article from Thomson Reuters on new tech advances that connect the business and practice of law while enhancing firm productivity.

Learn more about establishing a client-service mindset, how to increase referrals by improving client satisfaction and h...
04/15/2019
5 steps for litigation firms to prove their value to clients and increase profits

Learn more about establishing a client-service mindset, how to increase referrals by improving client satisfaction and how increased client satisfaction can positively impact firm profits.

In May 2018, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions became effective. Three months later, Thomson Reuters partnered with ACAMS to conduct a survey of 253 anti-money laundering compliance leaders related to processes and activities ...

Second Circuit holds that the forum defendant rule for removal does not apply until a home-state defendant has been serv...
04/14/2019

Second Circuit holds that the forum defendant rule for removal does not apply until a home-state defendant has been served under state law: https://tmsnrt.rs/2YJAmDi

The way you just got to your website is the same way the majority of your prospects are – on their phones. Do you thin...
04/09/2019
The Mobile Takeover: It’s time to think mobile first - Lawyer Marketing

The way you just got to your website is the same way the majority of your prospects are – on their phones. Do you think your website is meeting their mobile needs?

While desktop searches are still happening, many people are searching on five-inch screens, meaning content should be created with this real estate in mind.

Like it or not, the demands of your clients are intensifying. The good news? Technology can help.
04/09/2019
A smarter practice: Beyond legal project management

Like it or not, the demands of your clients are intensifying. The good news? Technology can help.

The legal landscape has changed and clients are demanding more from firms than ever before. Read this white paper to learn how new technology empowers lawyers to succeed.

Introducing Thomson Reuters Panoramic: a workflow solution that enables you to plan, manage and execute legal matters wi...
04/08/2019

Introducing Thomson Reuters Panoramic: a workflow solution that enables you to plan, manage and execute legal matters with data-driven confidence: https://tmsnrt.rs/2Uln68H

"Technology will never replace the comfort, trust, and human connection clients may get from knowing their attorney is l...
04/07/2019
In an Era of Rapid Technological Change in the Legal Market, Do Relationships Still Matter?

"Technology will never replace the comfort, trust, and human connection clients may get from knowing their attorney is looking out for them and has their back."

As technology continues to change every aspect of our lives, what affect it will have on the lawyer/client relationship in the business world? Some experts say that technology will only improve efficiency in areas of service and delivery, while others say that technology will erode close client rela...

Whether you are an experienced attorney who has written hundreds of briefs or are just starting out, the advice in this ...
04/06/2019
How to write a hard-hitting brief that judges want

Whether you are an experienced attorney who has written hundreds of briefs or are just starting out, the advice in this white paper will help you craft a hard-hitting brief that will win the respect of judges.

Do you have what you need to build an accurate risk profile? We have a step by step guide on how to create a risk profile to keep your company safe from fraud. Download the checklist today.

The Qualified Opportunity Zone program, part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, provides tax benefits for investors in Qualif...
04/05/2019

The Qualified Opportunity Zone program, part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, provides tax benefits for investors in Qualified Opportunity Zones.

Practical Law has created a Qualified Opportunity Zone Investments Flowchart and Timeline, a visual guide to the technical and complex rules to help you understand how to structure an investment in a QOZ and the related tax benefits.

Access it free for a limited time here: https://tmsnrt.rs/2FUAdFP

Excited to hear about the game-changing new product from Thomson Reuters? Join us for a webinar on April 10 at 1 p.m. CT...
04/04/2019

Excited to hear about the game-changing new product from Thomson Reuters? Join us for a webinar on April 10 at 1 p.m. CT to learn about how #Panoramic is creating a bold new vision for the way lawyers work: https://tmsnrt.rs/2FXPkhM

The US Supreme Court, in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP, held that a business that is only engaged in nonjudicial fo...
04/03/2019

The US Supreme Court, in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP, held that a business that is only engaged in nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings is not considered a "debt collector" and is therefore not subject to the FDCPA. This decision resolves a split among the circuits and provides clarity to a practitioners: https://tmsnrt.rs/2uGHyCg

“Small firms face unique challenges, competing against larger firms on one end and online do-it-yourself resources on ...
04/02/2019
Opportunity Abounds for Small Law Firms Willing to Innovate: Thomson Reuters Study

“Small firms face unique challenges, competing against larger firms on one end and online do-it-yourself resources on the other end, as well as other small firms,” said Mark Haddad, general manager, Small Law Segment, Thomson Reuters. “The report shows that while most small firms acknowledge the challenges they face, too few are taking solid action to address those challenges.”

Small law firms in the U.S. face a host of challenges, but within those challenges lies a lot of opportunity, according to a new Thomson Reuters study.

The new 2019 State of Corporate Law Department finds that a strong focus on maximizing the impact of legal services that...
03/31/2019
2019 State of Corporate Law Departments report

The new 2019 State of Corporate Law Department finds that a strong focus on maximizing the impact of legal services that a corporate law department delivers is just as important as reducing the cost of those services. Download the report today.

Practical Law Data Privacy Advisor and European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli discuss digital ethics, G...
03/30/2019

Practical Law Data Privacy Advisor and European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli discuss digital ethics, GDPR enforcement, California’s privacy law, and the role of the UK’s data protection authority (ICO) after Brexit: https://tmsnrt.rs/2HYrxzv

Supreme Court holds that a FSIA plaintiff must serve a foreign minister at offices in a foreign state, not at a US embas...
03/29/2019

Supreme Court holds that a FSIA plaintiff must serve a foreign minister at offices in a foreign state, not at a US embassy: https://tmsnrt.rs/2U9GR2X

Do your clients consider you the expert on all matters?
03/28/2019
The Modern Law Practice | Legal Solutions | Thomson Reuters

Do your clients consider you the expert on all matters?

Imagine you're busy drafting a Commercial Service Agreement and a client contacts you about an issue outside of your comfort zone. Although your expertise is within Commercial law, they're considering filing Chapter 11 and want to know the risks associated with doing so. Unfortunately, this isn't so...

Learn how you can quickly draft accurate and compelling documents with Practical Law.
03/26/2019
The Modern Law Practice | Legal Solutions | Thomson Reuters

Learn how you can quickly draft accurate and compelling documents with Practical Law.

Drafting legal documents can be a tedious task. Not only do you need to be compelling and accurate, but you also need to be quick. As a small law attorney, you need to be mindful of your time and what's being billed to the client. Time is of the essence and you don't have it to waste on reinventing....

Change Management offers one possible methodology for winning over a skeptical user community and increasing the odds of...
03/25/2019
Leveraging Change Management to Support Successful Technology Deployments

Change Management offers one possible methodology for winning over a skeptical user community and increasing the odds of success.

In the latest "Practice Innovations" article, the author explains how, when bringing in new tools or new ways of performing existing tasks, too many law firms short-change the important task of getting existing staff excited to move out of their current comfort zone. Change Management can be an impo...

Eleventh Circuit holds that filing is not a requirement to qualify a document as a judicial record subject to the common...
03/22/2019

Eleventh Circuit holds that filing is not a requirement to qualify a document as a judicial record subject to the common law right of access: https://tmsnrt.rs/2JzmLed

Explore law firm challenges, goals, and new resources with Nick Vivian, an attorney at Eckberg Lammers, P.C.
03/19/2019
Practical Law Connect Q&A

Explore law firm challenges, goals, and new resources with Nick Vivian, an attorney at Eckberg Lammers, P.C.

Thomson Reuters recently sat down with attorney Nick Vivian from the firm Eckberg Lammers to talk about his firm’s work challenges, goals, and his experience with Thomson Reuters Practical Law Connect™.

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