Press Release

LexisNexis Development Partner Osborne Clarke Honoured

with 'Stand Out' Ranking for Client Service at FT Innovative Lawyers Awards

Osborne Clarke recognised for role in developing the new LexisCheck legal document checker

London, 9 November, 2009 – LexisNexis congratulates development partner Osborne Clarke for its ‘Stand-out’ commendation in the Client Services category at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards. The commendation, which recognises excellence and innovation, was conferred for Osborne Clarke’s contribution to the development of LexisCheck, the new legal document citation checker from LexisNexis.

Built in conjunction with Osborne Clarke, who helped to develop the various elements from concept through to product delivery, the software acts as a ‘spell-check’ for legal citations. Scanning through Word documents it then displays, with a traffic light signal, whether a citation is ‘reliable’, ‘questionable’ or ‘unreliable’ and provides links to full details of the relevant law and practice guidance. This process provides a more efficient way of checking documents, helping to mitigate the risk of inaccuracies in client advice.

Craig Jones, Osborne Clarke’s Client Knowledge Services Manager, said: “Our firm is honoured to receive recognition from the FT. Our work in co-developing LexisCheck was extremely important to the firm and demonstrates just one of the many ways we are committed to driving innovation across the practice to make sure we remain competitive and deliver our clients the best possible service.”

In its working partnership with LexisNexis, Osborne Clarke discovered that 90% of the time spent checking legal citations was dedicated to simply finding them and checking their current status.  LexisCheck is capable of accelerating this task, delivering significant time savings by automatically validating the legal references in documents to ensure they have not been superseded by later judgments or legislation, highlighting and directly linking to LexisLibrary references for citations that require review in newly drafted documents, archived client files and web content.

“Recognition of Osborne Clarke’s contribution in developing this cutting edge piece of legal technology by the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards is well deserved and we are of course delighted that LexisCheck has been highlighted as a key tool in providing excellent client service. Partnering with innovative customers such as Osborne Clarke is essential in ensuring we develop new offerings with lawyers, for lawyers.” commented Jon Brewer, Director of Practitioner Solutions, LexisNexis.

The rankings are available at FT Innovative Lawyers Report.

In October LexisNexis also launched LexisCheck for students, enabling them to also benefit from this time saving tool, and helping them to achieve a better quality of work. Well over 1000 law students downloaded the product within the first month.


About LexisNexis

LexisNexis® ( is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. A member of Reed Elsevier [NYSE: ENL; NYSE: RUK] (, LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 18,000 employees worldwide.

In the UK, LexisNexis ( online services include LexisLibrary - named Online Product of the Year at the Legal Technology Awards - and Nexis® the single most powerful global news & business information service. The company has over 1,000 employees in the UK.


LexisCheck ( is the next step in intelligent legal software; ensuring that legal references are accurate across new documents (Draft), in on-line resources (web), and within all the existing files of a law firm’s document management system (monitor). It combines three distinct elements: LexisCheck Draft, LexisCheck Web and LexisCheck Monitor which interlock to collectively fit within a lawyer’s workflow. LexisCheck provides a direct link between the LexisNexis experts who continuously track changes in case law and legislation and a lawyer's desktop; drawing continuous updates and information from LexisLibrary.

About Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke (“OC”) is an international law firm with offices in Britain, Germany and the United States, and through the OC Alliance, across Europe. It offers transactional advice in the areas of corporate, banking and real estate as well as dispute resolution and business law advisory services. For more information about OC, please visit

About FT Innovative Lawyers

Now in its fourth year of publication, the FT Innovative Lawyers Report has become one of the top legal rankings in Europe, and the accompanying awards are widely regarded as the best researched in the market. The report presents a unique analysis of the legal industry and is the only ranking of lawyers by innovation. The organizers base both the report and awards on thorough research and robust journalism. The report is distributed in the Financial Times to its 400,000 readers across Europe. FT Innovative Lawyers is a joint venture between Financial Times and RSG Consulting, a specialist legal research company with decades of experience in analysing the legal industry. The intensive research process is an amalgam of in-depth interviews with referees, expert commentators and market research surveys. For the 2009 report, the RSG research team conducted over 700 in-depth interviews to reach the final rankings. For more information about FT Innovative Lawyers, please visit

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