As 2019 winds down, Legal Current is revisiting milestones and key accomplishments from the Legal business of Thomson Reuters this year. Today, we look at the impact of the Westlaw Edge Quick Check launch.

In July, Westlaw Edge Quick Check became the latest addition to the Westlaw Edge legal research suite. The sophisticated artificial intelligence-based lawyer work product review and analysis tool allows Westlaw Edge users to quickly and securely review motions, briefs or text with citations to instill more confidence in their legal research and ensure they have not missed anything important.

The launch earned praise from leading legal industry influencers, including TechLaw CrossroadsSteve Embry, who noted: “The beauty of the product lies, of course, in Westlaw’s massive data base of cases and authorities. The biggest issue of AI in law is data availability: few companies can match the Westlaw data base when it comes to case, regulatory and statutory related data and materials. … Quick Check is the next step to supplying these analytics across the litigation framework and is a fine tuning of Westlaw’s legal research offerings.”

Dewey B. Strategic’s Jean O’Grady highlighted it too: “One of the most impressive features in Quick Check is the ‘case outcomes’ feature which helps researchers understand whether a cited case had favorable outcomes on the issue for which it is being cited.”

LawSitesBob Ambrogi also was impressed: “Given the foundation of TR’s domain expertise and comprehensive data, and the reputation of TR’s AI center, I have little doubt that this will deliver on its promise of focused, relevant results.”

Now, firms using Quick Check are realizing competitive advantages, from saving time to revealing weaknesses in an opponent’s brief.

“Clients demand that we find efficiencies to bring down the cost of legal services without sacrificing quality and using Westlaw Edge Quick Check is an important way we achieve that,” explained Skyler Peacock, an associate with Crowell & Moring, a global law firm representing Fortune 500 clients in sophisticated litigation, arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters.

“Quick Check is one of the tools I will use to convince courts that my client’s position is the right one and my opponent’s position is the wrong one,” said Vince Galluzzo, counsel at Crowell & Moring.

“Quick Check is a roadmap from the very beginning,” said David Moore, an associate with Yukevich Cavanaugh, a growing litigation-focused boutique that represents corporations large and small, as well as individuals. “It allows me to see what the other side is doing, and what they’re not showing me.”

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