About Practical Law

A legal solution from Thomson Reuters

Our job is to help you do yours

We provide more than just legal information: we provide answers. We take the expertise of our team and distil it in a way that helps lawyers get their work done.

Whether that’s giving you a head start with a standard document, providing how-to guidance on the law with a practice note, helping you keep up with legal updates or providing a sounding board on a tricky point through our Ask service.

We take care of the foundations and keep them – and you – up to date so that you can do what you do best – add value for your organisation.

Our quality starts with our people

Our team of 300 experts have significant practice experience gained in law firms, companies and organisations around the world.

They create and continually maintain our resources. They are also available to answer your queries through our Ask service.

Our team works with top law firms worldwide to ensure that our resources always reflect current law and market practice. We also liaise regularly with our consultation boards and our contributors, all practising lawyers and leaders in their fields.

We are continually in touch with 3,000 legal departments and 3,500 law firms around the world through our Ask service and the industry events we run.

We’re also closely involved with more than 30 professional networks, including the GC100, which we helped to set up, and for which we now act as secretariat.

Meet our team

What makes Practical Law unique? Members of our expert editorial team share their views

Our uniquely practical resources focus on the needs of the busy practitioner

Legal updates alerting you to developments in law, regulation and practice, as they happen. Receive by e-mail or view online.

Practice notes with clear explanations of law and practice. We consult primary sources, practitioners and leading texts, distilling the principles so you can advise with confidence.

Standard documents and clauses with drafting notes, created by our team of experts. Start with a market standard template you know to be up-to-date.

Ask our team a question, see what others ask us and join the discussion. Our experts can help you find a resource and act as a sounding board on a tricky legal point.

Checklists to help you ensure you have everything covered. Quick reference reminders of the law as it applies in practice.

Expert opinion on hot topics from leading commentators, including blogs, articles and podcasts.

What's Market allows you to search for details of recent public company deals or AGMs, compare features and terms and access public documents.

Multi-jurisdictional guides with practical insight into law and regulation around the world, written by leading lawyers.

CPD resources: gain high quality, targeted training for your CPD requirements with podcasts, webinars, events, training sessions and e-learning.

Business briefing provides you with regular checklists, written for non-lawyers in private companies, which you can tailor and send on to clients and prospects.

Practical Law tools help you save time and avoid duplicating effort

FastDraft is an automated drafting tool which helps you to create advanced first drafts more quickly and share data across documents at the touch of a button.

FirmStyle allows you to download Practical Law standard documents, pre-formatted to your house style.

Annotation lets you create your own notes on Practical Law resources and share them securely with colleagues.

Integration tools, including RSS and federated search help you access Practical Law know-how, when and where you need it.

More than 130,000 lawyers worldwide use Practical Law

Our subscribers include 91% of the UK's top 100 law firms and thousands of mid-sized and smaller organisations.

We're delighted to report that 90% of our subscribers would recommend us to a peer or colleague*. You can read what some of them have to say here.

“A very useful reference source and it's getting better all the time. Easily the best online legal information provider.”

Stuart Pemble, Partner, Mills & Reeve

“Excellent and good at listening to users – constantly thinking about how to improve.”

Katy Meves, PSL, Shoosmiths, and Practical Law contributor

“The more experienced you are, the more you realise you need materials like these to keep up to-date.”

Colin Passmore, Senior Partner, Simmons & Simmons

“Practical Law pulls together all the strands around a certain issue or topic, so you can be confident you’ve covered everything.”

Vasanti Selvaratnam, QC, Stone Chambers

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*Based on a survey of 8596 Practical Law subscribers globally undertaken in November 2012 and January 2013. 7741 respondents rated their likelihood of recommending Practical Law as between 7 and 10 out of 10, where 10 was the highest achievable mark.

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