LegalTech Report: WestlawNext Adds Washington Briefings from CQ Roll Call

[Another in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York this week.]

For Thomson Reuters, the big news at LegalTech was the announcement of its new “legal solutions” product strategy and its release of three products tied to that strategy: Concourse, a suite of tools for corporate and government legal professionals; Firm Central, a practice management platform for small firms; and Hosted Practice Technology, a suite of litigation-related tools. But for readers of this blog, that was old news, since we gave a preview of these developments two weeks ago.

Thomson Reuters did have one other piece of notable news: the announcement that it is partnering with CQ Roll Call – a provider of congressional news, legislative tracking and advocacy services – to add a new feature to WestlawNext, Washington Briefings. The briefings will cover three practice areas – securities, banking and energy – and will appear in WestlawNext as part of its new Practitioner Insights feature. Slated to start by the end of March, the service will cover both legislative and regulatory matters, providing news and analysis.

Here is how Thomson Reuters describes it:

The alliance between Thomson Reuters and CQ Roll Call will provide WestlawNext customers exclusive current awareness content and analysis from the CQ Roll Call newsroom in Washington, D.C., leveraging CQ Roll Call’s world-class expertise in legislative and regulatory policy reporting. Regulatory content will focus on activity involving federal agencies in each practice area, providing news and analysis on proposed and enacted regulations, trends and other developments. On the legislative side, CQ Roll Call will provide Thomson Reuters with news and analysis of legislative proposals and congressional actions, with an eye toward the needs of lawyers and other legal professionals.

You can read the full announcement here.

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