Thomson Reuters unveils generative AI-supported legal research platform

The tool leverages current Westlaw Australia content

Thomson Reuters unveils generative AI-supported legal research platform

Thomson Reuters has unveiled a generative AI-supported platform that is designed to assist lawyers in conducting legal research.

Westlaw Precision Australia gives lawyers access to a comprehensive Australian primary law collection that includes authorised law reports. This launch is in line with Thomson Reuters' "build, buy, partner" strategy.

“With Westlaw Precision Australia, lawyers can simply ask their research question as they would with a trusted colleague,” said James Jarvis, vice president, Legal Solutions for Thomson Reuters, Asia & Emerging Markets. “Westlaw Precision Australia uses sophisticated AI technology to review the Thomson Reuters vast collection of millions of Australian primary law documents at superhuman speed”.

Westlaw Precision Australia also includes the KeyCite Cited With function, which users can utilise to find cases cited together by other cases even if they do not cite each other directly, Thomson Reuters said.

“Litigators will find this feature beneficial, as it saves a tremendous amount of time, whilst ensuring they haven’t missed recent or in-depth analysis of judgments”, Jarvis explained.

The expansion of Thomson Reuters' collection of high-quality legal information sources and the introduction of professional-grade gen-AI assistant CoCounsel are core to this strategy in Australia. CoCounsel debuted in Australia in February after Thomson Reuters acquired Casetext.

CoCounsel will eventually integrate with Thomson Reuters products throughout its portfolio.

“Our large language models answer questions based on statistical analysis of language patterns and trusted content. The process enables lawyers to conduct research more efficiently”, Jarvis added.

 

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