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New vLex and Juta partnership brings South African case law to a global audience


Later this year, there will be expanded potential for comparative research of South African case law, in addition to legal information from over 130 jurisdictions, on a single platform.

A recent agreement between vLex and Juta will make an extensive collection of South African case law and authoritative reported series widely available to the legal industry around the world.

This new collection will provide access to around 80,000 cases from Southern African courts, dating back to 1910, including cases from The South Africa Law Reports, South Africa Criminal Law Reports, South African Appellate Division Reports as well as Juta’s Unreported Judgments series.

Artificial intelligence and South African law

Accessing the new collection on vLex’s legal research platform will bring intuitive search and analysis tools to South African legal information. For example, the AI-powered legal research assistant, Vincent, will identify important cases by combining human search behaviour with machine speed. Also, visualisation features such as the Precedent Map and Key Passages will allow for new insights to be drawn from this vast collection of legal information.

Masoud Gerami, Managing Director of vLex Global Markets, discussed the importance of this new collection:
“We are excited to make this significant collection available more widely, and we are confident that researchers and academics around the world will benefit from such comprehensive coverage. South Africa was one of the first regions we had considered to enhance the range of content that we offer from vLex, and we are very happy to have achieved this by having a partner of the quality and pedigree of Juta.”

“Juta is delighted to be partnering with vLex on this important initiative”, says Kamal Patel, CEO of Juta and Company. “It will enhance and broaden the availability of our trusted case law offerings beyond South African borders, bringing new and innovative solutions to the market. As a South African pioneer of technology-driven legal information solutions, this partnership aligns with our digital transformation objectives, and our commitment to contributing to the rule of law around the globe.”

To learn more about this new collection, and how you can access it from vLex, please complete the form available here.

Expression of interest form – South African Case Law

About vLex

vLex provides access to a comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex supports thousands of lawyers, law firms, government departments and law schools around the world.

Our team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts continually strive to deliver up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

About Juta

Established in 1853, Juta is South Africa’s leading academic and law publisher trusted for quality academic, legal, professional and school publications in print and digital format. Meeting legal and regulatory information needs, as well as demands for quality learning resources, Juta matches the power of technology with authoritative African content.

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To Address Overwhelming Demand, Louis Law Group Opens a New Office in Naples


Louis Law Group is well-known across Florida for helping clients obtain full and just compensation for personal property damage claims. The Naples office is the firm’s latest expansion.

Louis Law Group, whose mission is to help its clients obtain full compensation for personal injuries and property damage, is opening a new office in Naples. The Naples office addresses the pent-up demand for knowledgeable, experienced, and aggressive attorneys who can help clients take on insurance companies.

About Louis Law Group

Louis Law Group has a stacked roster of attorneys who are laser-focused on their clients’ needs and objectives. Clients with property damage claims can feel confident that they’re in good hands.

Most homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage for various types of property damage , including water damage, hurricane damage, roof damage, fire damage, and even theft damage. But while clients naturally expect their insurers to honor these types of claims, plenty of insurers try to deny them by saying the claims are outside the client’s policy, that the claim lacks evidence, or that the clients failed to pay their premiums.

Louis Law Group attorneys have seen it all. In cases of claim rejections or low settlement offers, our attorneys can tilt the odds in the clients’ favor. They can handle all aspects of a claims, from gathering necessary evidence and negotiating a fair settlement offer with the insurance company, to going to trial.

Just as important, Louis Law Group attorneys provide peace of mind. Rather than spending hours on the phone haggling with their insurance company, clients can delegate this task to their lawyer and spend more time doing the things they love.

Pierre A. Louis, the senior managing attorney at Louis Law Group, says the firm is especially excited to serve Naples clients. “Our attorneys are ready, willing, and able to help all of our Naples clients fight for the compensation they deserve.”

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Access UK dockets alongside case law with vLex Justis


The new way to access UK Dockets.

London, April 2020 – vLex Justis launch a new UK dockets collection from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court, bringing case law and dockets together on a single intelligent platform for the first time. Uniquely, this collection is available without timed access restrictions, or the need to pay per session.

All superior court dockets available in one place

vLex Justis is the only research platform that makes UK dockets available alongside primary and secondary sources from over 130 jurisdictions, including the largest collection of UK superior court judgments available anywhere online and comprehensive as-enacted UK legislation.

Containing over 20,000 recent UK dockets, this new and regularly updated collection will enable law firms, barristers’ chambers, due diligence professionals and corporate investigations firms to easily search, download, share and create email alerts for new dockets with ease.

vLex Justis has made dockets available for ongoing access, so researchers no longer need to wait or request access from their organisation, no longer need to visit multiple websites, and are no longer restricted by timed access as they would be with traditional docket services. Larger organisations can also benefit from multiple user access to dramatically reduce the time searching and retrieving documents across teams.

Quickly create email alerts and follow dockets

Only with vLex Justis can users easily explore the full history of a case from docket to judgment and beyond to any appellate stages; the ability to follow a docket and be notified of any update to the progress of a case is available for all vLex Justis users. Powerful alerting features can be used to inform users when new dockets are added, or when the judgment of a case is available on the service.

To learn more, to experience the benefits of accessing dockets alongside case law on vLex Justis with a free trial, or to arrange an online demonstration or consultation, visit our UK dockets launch page.  Learn more about UK dockets on vLex Justis.

About vLex Justis

vLex Justis provides access to an exclusive, up-to-date and comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex Justis continues to support thousands of lawyers, law firms, government departments and law schools around the world. Today, vLex Justis, along with their parent company, vLex, is known for developing technology to disseminate legal information on a global scale, with a team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts based in offices around the world who are continually striving to provide up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

For all correspondence regarding this press release, please contact Matthew Terrell, Head of Marketing
vLex Press, vLex Justis
London, United Kingdom
+442072848080
press@vlex.com

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Intelligent legal technology, Vincent, now available for UK law firms


London, April 2020 – Vincent, a leading AI-powered legal research assistant in the US and Canada, is now available to the UK legal sector. Vincent combines human search behaviour with machine speed, enabling researchers to go beyond traditional research.

Research without compromise, all in a matter of seconds.

Whether you’re looking to maximise your billing hours, build a better argument or simply want to expand your research, Vincent is the ideal tool to assist you.

The starting point for using Vincent can be one of over 120 million legal information documents found on vLex Justis, or your own legal memorandums, skeleton arguments (or your opponents) and more. Vincent then uses these documents to perform thousands of complex search operations, conducting a contextual semantic search that will pinpoint the main legal topics, identify citations, and recognise similar cases, all in a matter of seconds.

The fast, effective search that Vincent conducts will result in legal research time and resources being utilised more efficiently; provide an extra level of confidence when delivering client-facing documents; minimise and mitigate the risk of missing important information; and provide support while working remotely where traditional resources and networks may be less accessible.

Like many countries, the UK legal system is under pressure to deliver the best results using minimal resources and time. Tools like Vincent provide an opportunity for UK Barristers, law firms and law librarians to continue to conduct high-quality legal research without compromise.

A well-trained and trusted assistant

To ensure that Vincent is delivering you the most appropriate results, hundreds of hours are dedicated to training the AI behind Vincent in every legal system it can support. Since Vincent’s original launch in North America, Latin America and Spain in 2018, there has been an ongoing investment into technology to support vLex Justis customers and improve Vincent’s capabilities and accuracy. As recently as April 2020, the Kentucky Bar Association announced unlimited member access to Vincent and Alberta Law Libraries have provided thousands of users with access to Vincent to support their work. John Meyers, Executive Director of the Kentucky Bar Association discussed the benefits that Vincent brings to their members:

“For smaller firms, in particular, this will be a great equalizer, enabling them to tap into technology previously only available to the very largest firms in the country.”

A 2019 agreement also made Vincent available to members of the Law Society of Manitoba, and their Director of Legal Resources, Karen Sawatzky, discussed the importance of this:

“The new vLex platform and Vincent now add a “wow” factor, but more importantly, advance our goal of supporting member competence through access to essential legal research tools.”

Preparing Vincent to work with content from the UK was the work of teams from London and Barcelona, bringing together law experts, experienced developers and legally trained editorial staff to ensure the quality of the results it returns. Robin Chesterman, Head of Product Development at vLex Justis, discusses why making Vincent available to the UK was a priority:

“With researchers elsewhere in the world already taking advantage of Vincent, we felt it was very important to make this available to the UK with the launch of vLex Justis. Being able to use your own documents as a basis for a search is very powerful – it gives you more confidence in your research and offers an advantage in litigious matters by analysing an opponent’s skeleton argument to see what they might have missed. Vincent really does have the potential to transform how legal research is conducted.”

Vincent offers for new and existing customers

To mark the launch of Vincent in the UK, vLex Justis is offering free trials of the service alongside online demonstrations and consultations, available for individuals and large organisations. To take advantage of this opportunity, or to request more information on Vincent and vLex Justis products and services, complete the online form available here.

Learn more about Vincent

About vLex Justis

vLex Justis provides access to an exclusive, up-to-date and comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex Justis continues to support thousands of lawyers, law firms, government departments and law schools around the world. Today, vLex Justis, along with their parent company, vLex, is known for developing technology to disseminate legal information on a global scale, with a team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts based in offices around the world who are continually striving to provide up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

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“Get on your bike” – says family law firm


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Kirsten Bennett from Lund Bennett Law LLP will be swapping a day at court, for a day on the bike in aid of Sport Relief 2020 on Friday 13th March 2020.

Kirsten from the Altrincham-based family law firm will be taking part in an 8 hour cycle ride in association with Orangetheory Fitness to raise money for the sports charity.

Kirsten will be taking part in a tandem stationary cycle ride at the Orangetheory Fitness Studio.

“Sport Relief is a great initiative that aims at uniting people across the UK,” said Kirsten Bennett, Partner at Lund Bennett Law LLP.

A spokesperson for Orangetheory Fitness said: “Supporting charity projects such as this goes to the heart of what we believe in and we wish Kirsten the best of luck. Our staff members will be on hand with towels and bottles of water to help her along!

Sport Relief aims to inspire the nation to raise money and take on some of the world’s most pressing problems through the power of sport.

Lund Bennett Law was launched in Altrincham, Cheshire in 2012 by founding partners Sharon Lund and Kirsten Bennett. The firm handles separation and divorce, maintenance disputes, financial settlements, children matters, domestic violence injunctions, cohabitation problems and pre and post nuptial agreements.

See www.lundbennett.co.uk

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Kirsten Bennett

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Research report reveals new insights into legal education

A new research report by Justis, a vLex company, brings new insights into legal research education and the views of both students and staff.

Released in October 2019, this research-led report is the first to examine the teaching of legal research and the wider student perspectives. Conducted over the past 12 months, the report reveals that teaching of legal research is often inconsistent across universities, potentially leaving students at a disadvantage against their peers when applying for training contracts.

With over 90,000 students enrolled in law degrees across the UK, this report provides a unique perspective that could help to improve important elements of the student experience for thousands of law students across the UK and beyond.

Currently, the number of training contracts in England and Wales fluctuates between 5,000 and 6,000 each year, with around 100 of these at each of the Magic Circle firms. Competition for these desirable contracts is at an all-time high.

Following the Legal Education and Training Review in 2013, this report aims to highlight the current status of the teaching of legal research skills, and start a discussion within the academic sector about these important issues.

Unique insights

The report covers a wide range of areas related to legal research teaching and student perspectives. The primary areas of discussion include the different teaching models deployed across many UK universities, student confidence levels, the support mechanisms available to students, teaching and learning preferences, and staff perspectives on the current methods being utilised to teach legal research. Finally, the report proposes a unique standardised approach to help address issues experienced by both staff and students.

This report is recommended for both law school and librarian staff alongside educational representatives and professionals.

Full report: http://justis.com/legal-research-education-report.pdf

For questions, comments and to discuss the research report please contact Justis, a vLex company, at press@vlex.com

About Justis, a vLex company

vLex is a legal technology company, who developed their technology to empower law professionals by combining one of the most extensive collections of legal information in the world with the most advanced AI-powered tools. Hundreds of thousands of clients and millions of users around the world rely on vLex to address their legal research and technology needs. vLex are one of the leading companies developing legal technology on a global scale, with a team of over 160 lawyers, engineers, and editorial experts. vLex apply the power of an AI cloud-based data hub to ingest, enrich, classify and deliver insights contained in over 100 million legal documents from over 2,000 multilingual and multi-legal system global sources, to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant legal data and content.

Justis, acquired by vLex in March of 2019, has been at the forefront of the digital dissemination of legal information for over 33 years. JustisOne, its flagship legal research platform is trusted by law firms, barristers, government departments and academic institutions around the world. Justis’ unique software brings new ways to search, interpret and analyse legal information.

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New vLex London office opens giving new life to legal technology innovation in London

Following the recent acquisition of London based legal technology company Justis, vLex are pleased to announce the opening of their first London headquarters. The new office will become a new innovation hub responsible for all global legal technology innovation projects within vLex, alongside vLex’s current European headquarters in Barcelona.

Located at the new vLex office is the Global Head of Product, Robin Chesterman, who expresses his excitement following the acquisition and highlights the valuable opportunities this will bring to legal professionals around the world:

“The acquisition of Justis has opened the door to a number of highly-valuable opportunities for the legal technology world. By bringing together the coverage and technology from both companies we can offer our customers something truly unique and powerfully competitive. We want our customers to continue to succeed, and we are now in a position to offer them more efficient and usable tools and content to support their day-to-day work than many of the well-known providers. The new office will provide a fresh start for the team here in London and give life to many new projects that we are excited to share with you in the near future.”

The new office, located in Kentish Town, will be opened in October 2019 and is only a short distance from London’s legal district at Chancery Lane and transport hubs such as King’s Cross. The new office location is ideal for visiting and supporting both Justis and vLex clients in London and around the UK. The acquisition of Justis has increased vLex’s global presence. vLex offices and staff are now present in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Mexico.

On the opening of the new vLex London HQ, Justis Publishing will be officially updating its address and notifying all customers of these changes. As with many acquisitions, customers can be left with unease about the future of their services and content which they rely on daily. For Justis and vlex customers, there are no foreseen changes, only new opportunities. New opportunities to access more primary and secondary content from around the world and new legal technology to support their work and their clients’ interests.

This announcement comes following a series of updates from vLex, including the launch of their new blog category with over 300,000 legal articles, a new partnership with LexBlog, and complete Official Gazette coverage for Latin America.

About vLex

vLex is a legal technology company, who developed their technology to empower law professionals by combining one of the most extensive collections of legal information in the world with the most advanced AI-powered tools. With hundreds of thousands of clients and millions of users around the world who rely on vLex to address their legal research and technology needs. vLex are one of the leading companies developing legal technology on a global scale, with a team of over 160 lawyers, engineers, and editorial experts. vLex apply the power of an AI cloud-based data hub to ingest, enrich, classify and deliver insights contained in over 100 million legal documents from 2,000+ multilingual and multi-legal system global sources, to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant legal data and content.

For more information please contact press@vlex.com

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International Writing Competition offers students a £2,000 Grand Prize

The Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020 is launching on the 1st October 2019 for its third consecutive year. Unlike previous years the competition topics have been released early to give students more time. The popular competition that receives entries from students around the world tasks students to write 1,000 words on one of three topics. This year the topics are: Technology & the future of legal practice, Social Media, Data and Privacy and Access to Justice and Technology.

With a grand prize of £2,000 and publication on the popular Legal Cheek Journal – one of the most read legal websites in the UK – Dr Matthew Terrell, Head of Marketing for Justis, who oversees the competition, hopes that they will receive more entries than ever before.

“Moving from university to the workplace can be challenging and very competitive, and we hope this competition can help students stand out from the crowd with their ability to produce professional, thought-provoking articles. Last year we received so many fantastic entries and I am hoping we receive even more this year.”

Alongside the overall winner, three prizes of £250 will be awarded to three authors voted Best in Category, by a panel of distinguished judges, which have previously included Nicole Allaband, Editor-in-Chief, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, David F. Wills, Editor, Legal Information Management (LIM) and Squire Law Librarian, University of Cambridge, Liesel Weekes, President of the Barbados Bar Association and Jennifer Walker, Head Librarian at County of Carleton Law Association.

Additionally, the overall winner and best in category articles will be published on the Justis and vLex blogs and included in Justis’ international newsletter that reaches thousands of legal practitioners around the world. In past years, competition entries have been published in Legal Information Management and Artificial Lawyer.

Past winners of the competition include students from Harvard University, the University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, the University of London, BPP, and the University of Auckland. Roisin Costello, the Overall Winner from 2018 shares her thoughts on the competition:

“The competition offers an exceptional opportunity to expose your writing to Justis’ international readership, and an associated impact for your research findings and ideas few students receive. The competition is exceptional, as the caliber of entries included on the shortlist this year illustrated and I can only imagine this will become even more evident in coming years.”

This year, students are asked to submit their entries before the 1st December 2019. The shortlist and winners will then be announced at the start of spring 2020. For full details on the competition, guidance on the topics and entry requirements please visit: https://promos.vlex.com/wc2020/

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A Tragic Outcome: 5 Facts About Vehicular Homicide

Vehicles have become so commonplace in everyday life that people often forget how dangerous they can be. Sadly, accidents happen every day and some people lose their lives in these collisions. What are some things about vehicular homicide that many drivers don’t know or fail to consider when they get behind the wheel

Charges

A person may be hit with a vehicular homicide charge at any time. One should never assume because they were injured in an accident that led to another person being killed that they will not be charged until their recovery is complete. Law enforcement officials may enter the person’s hospital room and charge them with this crime. In fact, some defendants are even handcuffed to their hospital bed to ensure they do not leave the facility without law enforcement.

State Laws Vary

Each state determines its own laws with regard to vehicular homicide, thus the person charged with this crime should consult with an attorney in the state where the accident took place. For example, California recognizes several degrees of vehicular manslaughter and reserves the most severe charges for those accidents that are egregious. On the other hand, Louisiana only allows an individual to be charged with vehicular homicide if he or she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the incident occurred.

Unborn Children

Pregnant women are carrying a human life inside their body. In the event the unborn child dies as a result of the accident, the person responsible may be charged with homicide. This is true even if the mother survives, as human life has been lost. Currently, 38 states have laws in place regarding fetal homicide, and a person needs to know exactly what the law is in the state in which they will be charged with this crime.

Passengers

A person driving a vehicle who is involved in an accident may find he or she is charged with vehicular homicide if a passenger in the car was killed. Men and women typically assume vehicular homicide charges are reserved for those riding in other vehicles involved in the accident, but this is not the case. Furthermore, a pedestrian killed by an auto may lead to the driver of the vehicle being charged with this crime. Anyone killed in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of where they are in relation to the car,  could result in the responsible driver being accused of this crime.

Felony or Misdemeanor?

Vehicular homicide charges may either be a felony or a misdemeanor. This depends on the severity of the action as well as the way the state’s law is written. When a person is merely negligent while behind the wheel of a car, misdemeanor charges are more likely. However, when the driver is grossly negligent or when he or she is in direct violation of a state law or statute, the defendant may be facing a felony charge. Most states, however, charge any person driving while under the influence with a felony.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in one or more deaths, speak to an attorney today. This is true whether you are the driver responsible for the crash or a victim in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is a serious charge and every person involved needs to make certain their rights are protected. An attorney can be of great help in achieving this goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protecting Your Loved Ones: 4 Types of Nursing Home Abuse You Need to Be Aware Of

When a loved one is in a nursing home, families often worry about their care. Although most nursing homes work to provide the highest level of care for their patients, there are some facilities that are negligent and even abusive. When a senior is abused in a nursing home, the family has the right to press charges and seek compensation for their loved one.

 Federal Requirements Govern Nursing Homes

If a nursing home receives federal funds from Medicaid or Medicare, they are surveyed by the government for compliance. When a nursing home is not compliant, they can be shut down, depending on the severity. Those nursing home patients who are injured by nursing homes often seek legal help at The Florida Law Group.

 4 Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Placing a senior loved one in a nursing home is not always an easy task. Taking time to research the facility’s rating is essential. The following are five of the most common types of nursing home abuse.

 1. Physical abuse occurs more often than most people realize. Staff members may hit, slap, kick, or push patients. Staff members who physically abuse patients often do so to show their power over the patient. They sometimes act out of frustration and feel their actions are warranted. Nursing home abuse of any kind is never warranted.

 2. Emotional abuse is also a common type of abuse in nursing homes. Emotional abuse is considered an act that brings down the self-worth of a patient. This may include belittling the patient, mocking them, or making them feel worthless.

 3. Neglect is a form of abuse that can include different types. Negligence may mean not keeping the patient clean or neglecting the cleanliness of their room. It could mean withholding food, water, or medication. It could also mean isolating the patient.

 4. Unfortunately, sexual abuse happens in nursing homes across the country. Sexual abuse is considered any non-consensual sexual contact, including rape, sexual harassment, and molestation. Those who abuse seniors in this way often threaten their victims not to tell anyone.

 Signs a Senior Is Being Abused

There are signs of elder abuse that should never be ignored. Some of the signs are more subtle than others which is why abuse can sometimes go on for a long time before it is discovered. The following are some of the signs loved ones should look for.

  • Unexplained injuries, such as bruising and broken bones
  • Frequent accidents
  • Uncleanliness
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Changes in behavior
  • Weight loss
  • Missing property
  • Bedsores

Should a senior exhibit any of the above, nursing home abuse could be to blame. Those who abuse seniors need to be held accountable for their unlawful actions. Abused seniors need to be immediately removed from the facility and placed in a protective environment.

Conclusion

Many individuals are unaware their loved one is suffering at the hands of an abuser. When individuals place their loved one in a facility, they expect them to be properly cared for and kept healthy and safe.

Abusive nursing homes must be reported and held accountable for negligence. Seniors deserve the highest level of care and respect and anything less than that is not acceptable.

For some, hiring a lawyer is an important step in pursuing responsible parties. Holding them accountable for their actions will prevent them from abusing any other seniors.