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For nearly 200 years, LexisNexis® with its authoritative information from Butterworths® and Tolley® has combined a deep understanding of the legal and tax profession with technology innovation to help practitioners work more productively, advise with confidence and better manage their organisations in a changing legal environment.

LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. LexisNexis helps customers to achieve their goals in more than 175 countries, across six continents, with over 10,000 employees.

Lexis® Legal Intelligence offers an unrivalled set of services to help you rapidly apply legal intelligence to better meet your clients' needs. With Lexis Legal Intelligence you can access various products so that you can easily find practical, up-to-date guidance. LexisPSL enables you to link straight through to the relevant documents from authoritative sources. You can find related training options quickly, in the format that suits you best. LexisLibrary provides access legislation, cases and commentary. Everything is held together by clever technology that helps you work faster, smarter and more cost-effectively. We describe what we do as applied legal intelligence.

As the UK’s only provider of critical tax information, in-depth reference, ground-breaking training and learning resources and unique market insight, Tolley is there by your side with four product families designed for tax professionals working on The Front Line. Tolley Tax Intelligence brings you the most comprehensive collection of tax resources available including: TolleyLibrary, TolleyGuidance, TolleyLearning and TolleyInsight.

LexisNexis Business Solutions provide a suite of information services that help power decisions. Whilst there is no shortage of information in the world, organisations rely on accurate, timely, reliable and extensive information to help them make the right decisions. With an unrivalled scope and depth from thousands of publishers, all our sources are licensed and aggregated for use by businesses that rely on the right information at the right time to make the right decisions. Our services are extensively used by businesses in financial services, media and marketing, legal, healthcare, government and charities.

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 organisations 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 organisations 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.

As a leading provider of software platforms, LexisNexis® Enterprise Solutions works with customers to drive productive, efficient and reliable business decisions. Its solutions include Lexis® Visualfiles™, for case management and workflow; Lexis® InterAction®, a customer relationship management tool; and LexisOne, an enterprise resource planning solution powered by Microsoft Dynamics® AX.

LexisNexis Fast Facts

  • Winner of Supplier of the Year at the 2012 and 2015 British Legal Awards.
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  • In the UK, over 60,000 organisations use LexisNexis® services.
  • LexisNexis® products and services are used by all the top law and accountancy firms, most large companies, almost all the local authorities in the UK and Whitehall departments.
  • All UK universities benefit from our products, as well as more than 10,000 civil servants.
  • LexisNexis® draws on a heritage of almost 200 years. In the UK, we are best known for our trusted legal and tax publishing brands Butterworths and Tolley.

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Historical Milestones

  • 1818

    Henry Butterworth founded Butterworth's in London.


    Matthew Bender is founded in Albany, New York.


    Martindale-Hubbell is created in Summit, New Jersey.


    Shepard's® is founded in Chicago, IL. The company ultimately settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    These authoritative legal publishers would eventually become part of LexisNexis.

  • 1970's

    The late 1960s through the early 1970s were a critical period in the development of what we know today as LexisNexis.

    In 1967, Data Corp, an Ohio-based company who developed ink jet printing technologies, was contracted by the Ohio State Bar Association to provide a "free-text" search and retrieval system. This development drew the attention of the Mead corporation who would purchase Data Corp a year later.

    In 1970, Mead Data Central was spun off as a subsidiary of Mead, going on to estable its own phone communications network and providing the long-term strategic and operation plans for the initial LEXIS database.


    Mead Data Central introduces LEXIS® and NAARS services. LEXIS provides the full text of Ohio and New York codes and cases, the U.S. code, and some federal case law.

    NAARS is the National Automated Accounting Research Service, a tax database from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

    Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) paves the way for reliable electronic data delivery. The following year Lexis® service pioneers online legal research by allowing attorneys to search case law database in firm via private telecommunications network.


    Introduction of 1200 baud modems launches new era of high-speed data transmission. LexisNexis® UBIQ terminals give attorneys first-ever desktop access to Lexis® service. The Nexis® news database service is introduced providing The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Economist, U.S. News & World Report, Dun's Review and Reuters and Associated Press news wires.

    The IBM PC is introduced two years later.

  • 1988

    LexisNexis acquires The Michie Company, legal publishers of state codes and statutes founded in 1897. The one millionth LEXIS-NEXIS user ID is issued the following year.

  • 1994

    Reed Elsevier acquired LexisNexis. Begun in Dayton, Ohio as a contractor to the U.S. Air Force in 1966, its electronic data-search service became the first to retrieve full-text documents. In 1973, the company introduced a legal-research service that revolutionized the way legal research and analysis was conducted.

    The technology propelled the legal profession into a new era. The next year Butterworth Legal Publishers and The Michie Company, two units of Reed Elsevier Inc., combine into a new publishing company.


    In 1997, LexisNexis debuted the first Web-based service for U.S. legal professionals, the precursor to LexisNexis® at www.lexis.com. By 1998 the total number of Internet users worldwide exceeds 50 million. LexisNexis® empowers customers to access legal research materials via the Internet.

  • 2000

    LexisNexis launched a strategic business unit to create solutions to verify identity, predict and manage risk, and support law enforcement and homeland security initiatives. The business unit is now called the Risk & Information Analytics Group.

    A year later LexisNexis acquired CourtLink Corporation and their electronic access and electronic filing and service products. LexisNexis Courtlink Strategic Profiles help legal professionals gain insight into the litigation history of a company, attorney experience on a particular nature or suit, or map out federal litigation trends.


    LexisNexis Butterworths Canada and Quicklaw Inc., Canada's leading online legal research service, agreed to merge. Late in the year, they were formally joined to become LexisNexis Canada.

    MBO Verlag is acquired, the first major step to develop a legal information business in Germany. MBO developed a comprehensive database of German legislation and had a wide range of jurisprudence and other legal, tax and regulatory information products.


    LexisNexis launches a global technology platform for online products around the world to speed delivery of its portfolio of highly regarded research and information tools to corporations, lawyers and information professionals in the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific, Canada and Latin America. Customers realize the benefits of LexisNexis local and global products with enhanced functionality, advanced taxonomy and more seamless searching and linking.

    Seisint is acquired for its data analytics supercomputer technology and various content. Seisint is integrated into LexisNexis's strategic risk management business unit now called LexisNexis Risk & Information Analytics Group.

    Customers of this business include financial institutions, insurance companies, collections agencies, law enforcement and federal government. Products and services of this business unit help to verify identity, prevent and detect fraud, locate criminals, solve federal and law enforcement cases, and manage the risk within customer development and business processes. The business unit products and services are known for its depth and breadth of information, data analytics, and sub-second linking and matching capabilities.


    LexisNexis® introduces Total Solutions–a strategy that offers innovative products and services to address specific customer needs in order to improve productivity, increase profitability and stimulate growth.

    The company's first Chinese language online service, called LexisNexis® China Online, is launched for the Chinese market to help customers quickly and easily find relevant information, particularly on rapidly changing legal and regulatory issues in China.

    LexisNexis Japan Co., Ltd., announced a new online legal information service in the Japanese language called LexisNexis® JP. The initial coverage of the LexisNexis® JP database includes 206,000 judgments dating from 1862; 42,000 case commentaries as published in prestigious law journals, and all of the current 7,200 Japanese statutes, codes and laws.


    LexisNexis Total Practice Advantage is launched–the first online legal practice solution integrating key areas of business from calendaring, research to case assessment in order to improve law firms' productivity and efficiency.

    A Japanese lawyer directory, "martindale.jp," is introduced to allow users to find lawyers by criteria such as practice area, education and career history. The Japanese legal market is undergoing dramatic changes, including thriving M&A, Corporate and Intellectual Property practices; a large increase in the number of attorneys; establishment of U.S. style law schools; and the introduction of a jury system.

    LexisNexis is at the forefront in recognizing these changes have created a strong demand for a Japanese version of martindale.com®


    LexisNexis launches TotalPatent to bring together relevant content, expertise and legal research capabilities all in one place. For the first time ever, users have access to the full text of 22 of the world's major patent authorities–three times more than has been available from other providers.

    Designed with input from Intellectual Property (IP) experts from around the world, TotalPatent is a single online destination featuring the most complete and up-to-date domestic and international IP content available, including a timely collection of patent, scientific and other prior art information. The TotalPatent service also offers expert legal analysis, tools and document retrieval services.


    LexisNexis realigns its global and U.S. organizational structure and implements new initiatives to expand its Total Solutions strategy.

    Significant changes include: creation of Global Solutions organization to effectively serve all of the company's diverse markets and multi-national customers; creation of a single U.S. legal business to streamline decision making, optimize resources and align legal solutions for all U.S. markets; global oversight of operations to effectively ensure "best practices" and optimization of product development, editorial and production, customer support, and infrastructure across all LexisNexis businesses.


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