5 tips for getting the most out of your legal research

5 tips for getting the most out of your legal research

Are you reading the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? 

If you have ever run a Google search and remained dubious about the results, don’t worry – you’re not the only one. These days, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find trusted information sources on the internet. The challenge for legal professionals is that they are expected to find accurate legal and regulatory information for their clients, instantly.

Recent research has shown that it costs five times more to attract a new customer, than it does to retain an existing one. Can you afford to trust Google with your most valued asset?

To get the best out of your research, we have given you a helping hand by putting together a top tips guide, based on conversations with our clients:

 

1.  Always check – errors are costly

 

Most people would agree: checking your work is important. Whether this process involves a friend reading over what you’ve written, or a colleague using tracked changes to give you their thoughts on sentence structure or style.

Unfortunately, for lawyers, this process is not that straightforward. Even if the error itself appears small, the potential ramifications of a document going out referencing the wrong client, case law or sum of money, are hugely significant. So, don’t risk it – it’s always worth checking.  

 

2.  Focus on what matters most

 

Typographical or editing errors can be checked by legal proofreading software that understand the nuances between whether a noun is capitalised or not.  Software can even spot and fix your referencing and pagination.

If you can increase productivity and accuracy by checking documents faster, you will have more time to focus on your clients. Consistency and accuracy matters for your professional reputation.  However, the day-to-day reality of maintaining that accuracy, can be hugely challenging for just one person.

 

3.  ‘Layer’ your research approach

 

Look to ground your argument in authoritative primary sources.  Also look be efficient about the level and

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Amy is a content writer and marketing manager at LexisNexis. She previously worked as an independent writer and researcher, for clients such as, Unilever, Kantar TNS, The Soil Association, MasterCard and Lufthansa Airlines. She has written for national publications, including City A.M. and Financial IT. Amy now writes and plans editorial content for the LexisNexis Future of Law and In-House blogs, as well as reporting on industry events. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Italian and French from the University of Warwick.