Manage Your Legal Research On the Go
08 November 2017 00:00
Just twenty-five years ago lawyers in South Africa to a large extent relied totally on print for their legal research, with CD Rom technology only just beginning to emerge. Today digital research is well entrenched and a growing breed of tech-savvy practitioners is demanding content on the go – whether in client meetings or in Court.
While laptops, tablets or actual books remain important for research, they are not the most convenient tools. Busy professionals are now looking more and more to their smartphones to conduct on-the-spot research.
In the latest survey of the Attorneys Profession in South Africa, conducted by LexisNexis South Africa in partnership with the Law Society of South Africa, 20 percent of responding attorneys said they had already embraced research using mobile phones and tablets. In line with global trends, this relatively new format in South Africa is poised to enjoy further growth.
It was this rising demand for research convenience that led LexisNexis to develop a mobile version of South Africa’s most authoritative and comprehensive online research product, LexisLibrary.
Used by professionals, corporates and government Lexis Library offers in-depth legal information with a competitive edge for law, tax and financial service professionals, HR compliance and health and safety business managers.
Since the launch of the mobi-site, subscribers now have an all-in-one, comprehensive and easy-to-access online mobile tool that covers all categories and topics in one centralised digital platform, which can be accessed anywhere, anytime from their mobile device, explained Thabo Molefe, LexisNexis South Africa Commercial Director.
“Like the online version, Lexis Library via mobi-site has the ability for users to analyse case law, view specific changes to legislation and keep up to date with all the latest news and commentaries, said Molefe.
He added that Lexis Library desktop users can expect the same functionality they have come to rely on from the desktop site, including the same interface. Search functionality and email are all available on the mobile version. Furthermore, files and documents can be filed and stored on any smartphone and subscribers can access their user history.
In addition, Molefe said subscribers can expect to find the complete MyLexisNexis suite on mobile in the near future.
“LexisLibrary was the first batch of content to be released on mobile. We are currently extending the mobi-site to include the complete suite, which includes Lexis® Practical Guidance and LexisAssure. However, accessing the full suite from mobile phones is still possible, simply by switching to desktop version on your mobile phone,” he said.
“All-in-all, it is the smartest, most efficient and accessible way to manage legal research, with trusted content needed to make inspired, insightful decisions from the convenience of a smartphone.”
Molefe said LexisNexis is committed to investing in technology that provides clients with new ways of working so that they can perform at their peak. “Upholding the Rule of Law is our global purpose first and foremost. With that at the core of our work, we will continue to offer the most authoritative up-to-date content and develop the savviest technology solutions for our customers,” he added.
The mobile version of Lexis Library can be accessed from mobile smartphones using www.mylexisnexis.co.za. For best use of Lexis Library on mobile devices, a minimum resolution of 320 x 480 (320) is required. Browsers supported included the Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari/IOS Safari and chrome for Android.
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, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.
In South Africa LexisNexis has been assisting companies and professionals to remain abreast of changing legislation and shifts in the regulatory environment for over 80 years, using leading-edge technology, tools and online solutions. LexisNexis South Africa’s divisions include LexisNexis Legal Information and Compliance, LexisNexis Data Services, LexisNexis Business Software Solutions, LexisNexis and LexisNexis Africa. South African investment firm, Tsiya Group, chaired by Fani Titi, acquired a minority interest in LexisNexis South Africa in July 2012.