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LexisNexis vs. Thomson Reuters: The Comparison

August 19, 2022

This article was written by the Small Law Marketing team at LexisNexis and compares U.S. product offerings. 


LexisNexis, owned by the publicly traded company RELX, and Thomson Reuters are veterans in the legal industry. Their experience with legal technology benefits customers – both companies are now adept at making strategic changes in a fast-paced technological environment to improve user experience. If you’re here, you’re likely wondering which company would best meet your organizational needs.

To simplify your evaluation process, we’ve compared these two legal industry giants, providing you with a comparison of products, features, and costs for the U.S. market. We’ll close by letting you know which company offers the better option for legal research.

LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters: The Basics

While LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters are both renowned for their legal solutions, each company offers a broader range of products, including legal analytic tools, risk solutions, and news and media collections.

Of course, the landscape of research, news, and media is continuously evolving – and both LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters have been at the forefront of technological changes in these industries. As a result, both companies have strong reputations. So, what do they have to offer?

LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters Top Product Offerings 

Product Category  LexisNexis® Thomson Reuters®

Legal Research 

&  

Guidance 

Legal Research Platform 
Lexis®   Westlaw Classic 
Lexis+®  Westlaw Edge 
Secondary Law Materials 
Practical Guidance  Practical Law 
Brief Analyzer 
Brief Analysis  Quick Check 
Verdicts & Settlements Tool 
Verdicts & Settlements Analyzer  Case Evaluator 
Medical Information 
Fact and Issue Finder Medical Litigator 
Analytics 
Lex Machina®  *Bundled into Westlaw Edge 
Context   
Public Transactional Document Repository 
Intelligize  Business Law Center 

Trial Preparation,

Procedure,

& Case Management 

CaseMap® Cloud  Case Notebook and Case Center 
Lexis® CourtLink®  Deadline Assistant 
Juris®  Legal Tracker 
CounselLink®  Drafting Assistant 

Risk Management 

Public Records  CLEAR 
Company Dossier  PeopleMap 
Nexis Diligence™  Company Investigator 
Nexis® Entity Insight   
BatchNameCheck   
Diligence Spotter   
Nexis® Data as a Service   
Accurint®  CLEAR 

Tax & Accounting 

Lexis® Tax  Onesource 
  Checklist 

News & Media 

Law360®  Reuters Connect 
Law360® Pulse  Westlaw Today 
Nexis®   
Nexis Newsdesk™   

Business &

Firm Management 

Automated Templates  HighQ 
Juris  ProLaw 
InterAction®  eBillingHub 

 

LexisNexis Top Products

LexisNexis offers over 100 products in a variety of industries, separated broadly into two key categories: legal and risk solutions. The flagship legal research product, Lexis, and its enhanced counterpart, Lexis+ are top offerings from LexisNexis. Depending on your contract, Lexis+ can include Practical Guidance, a well-respected database of secondary law material. LexisNexis also offers legal analytics through Lex Machina, as well as analytical platforms like Context, which is a case-law language analytics solution that can be integrated into Lexis or Lexis+. And the legal industry sings the praises of Law360, a one-stop source for breaking legal news and analysis, with up-to-the-minute coverage of litigation, policy developments, and corporate deals across every major practice area and industry.

Other legal solutions from LexisNexis include:

What if you’re a business professional? Nexis is the product for you, with its robust global collection of trusted news, company profiles, legal content, public records, and industry information – all standardized to help you make smarter business decisions. Finally, industries ranging from healthcare to insurance can find risk solutions through LexisNexis.

Thomson Reuters Top Products

Similar to LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters offers an expanse of solutions across industries. Top competing products from Thomson Reuters include its flagship legal solution, Westlaw Classic, and its premium offering, Westlaw Edge. Thomson Reuters also offers a database of secondary legal content called Practical Law, which can be bundled with Westlaw Edge.

Other legal solutions from Thomson Reuters include:

  • Quick Check
  • Case Evaluator
  • Medical Litigator
  • Drafting Assistant
  • Legal Tracker
  • CLEAR

Thomson Reuters also offers numerous products within the Tax and Accounting industry, as well as two primary news and media outlets– Westlaw Today and Reuters Connect.

 

LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters Legal Solution Features Compared
Features LexisNexis Thomson Reuters
Primary Law Content**   Lexis+ Westlaw Edge
State Case Law Yes -- 14% More Yes
Federal Case Law Yes -- 15% More Yes
Summarized State Cases Yes -- 6% More Yes
Summarized Federal Cases Yes -- 16% More Yes
Municipal Codes Yes -- 3,000+ (all 50 states) Yes -- 1 (The New York City municipal code)
Secondary Law Content***   Practical Guidance Practical Law
Briefs, Pleadings, and Motions Yes -- 310% More Yes 
State Trial Court Orders Yes -- 56% More Yes
State and Federal Verdicts & Settlements Yes -- 64% More Yes
Dockets Yes Yes
Lex Machina Analytics Yes No
Data Visualizations****   Lexis+ Westlaw Edge
Data Visualization Yes Yes
Ravel™ View Yes No

 

LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters U.S. Legal Solutions Compared

We know that both LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters offer a broad range of products, but these companies are most widely recognized for their legal research solutions. Here, we focus on comparing key features included in Lexis+ and/or Westlaw Edge.

As shown above, LexisNexis boasts more total content on Lexis+ than Thomson Reuters houses on Westlaw Edge, but both LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters provide users with a wealth of primary and secondary law materials. Admittedly, more content might be exactly what some users are looking for (and if that’s the case, LexisNexis can be your go-to). But if you are satisfied with the amount of content offered by both LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters, what else matters when deciding which legal software to use?

Ultimately, the most important features are the ones that help users make sense of all the content they are researching. How capable are each of these platforms in helping users understand the results of their search and in presenting consistent, relevant information? Search Technology and data visualizations are key components of effectively solving this user need. We briefly compare both of these features below.

  • AI-Powered Search Technology: Both LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters feature AI-powered search technology and an all-in-one search box.
  • Data Visualizations: While both companies advertise integrated data visualization tools, LexisNexis boasts the exclusive data visualization tool, Ravel View, which allows users to quickly understand how their top 75 search results are connected.

Comparison of costs

LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters both adjust pricing based on multiple factors, including the size of a firm, the features included in a package, and, of course, the products purchased. Up-to-date pricing for solo attorneys can be found on the e-commerce store for both LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters.

Again, pricing ultimately depends on multiple factors– and it’s recommended to chat directly with a sales representative to get the best price. 

The Better Solution for Legal Assistance

We don’t have to tell you that conducting high quality legal research is critical to the success of any practicing attorney. After all, your legal research software can make or break your case.

So, if you haven’t evaluated your legal research software in a while, now is the time.

LexisNexis offers access to exclusive content and superior search and visualization features. With an overall better price point and 24/7 customer service, Lexis+ is your choice for legal research.

Now that you’ve done the research, it’s time to explore the possibilities. Try Lexis+ for free today.

 

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*LexisNexis and the Knowledge Burst logo are registered trademarks of RELX Inc. Other products or brands referenced may be trademarks of RELX Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates or other companies. 

**Comparison data based on information available as of September 2021 for claims in this row, with the exception of Municipal Codes which is based on information available as of October 2021.

***Comparison data based on information available as of  September 2021 for claims in this row.

****Comparison data based on information available as of January 2021 for claims in this row.