Practical Law The Journal now publishes monthly in a new digital-only format hosted on This is a big shift for the magazine, which emerged as a staple in the legal industry and has been in print for 14 years and published over 160 issues. Legal Current reached out to the Practical Law The Journal team to discuss the new digital experience and what readers can look forward to in the latest issue out now.

What can readers expect from the magazine’s digital transition?

No more waiting for the print issue to arrive on the mail cart! Readers will now have free access to all of the content they love from The Journal when, where, and how they want it. We will continue to feature curated content from Practical Law’s extensive collection of how-to legal resources across all major practice areas, along with exclusive insights from subject matter experts and industry leaders. This iteration of The Journal combines the coherence and integrity of a print publication with the timeliness and accessibility of a digital magazine.

On our new platform, readers can also easily click over from The Journal to Reuters Legal News for the latest developments and breaking headlines.

What can readers learn about in the January issue?

We strive to ensure there is something for everyone in each issue of The Journal, covering a wide range of transactional, litigation, and regulatory topics.

For example, the constantly changing cyber landscape is always a hot topic. In our main feature article, attorneys from Davis Polk and Hengeler Mueller explore the tension between blockchain technology and data privacy requirements, and offer risk management strategies. Given current events, readers will also be interested in our expert Q&A with DLA Piper on the implications of the FTX bankruptcy. Another feature article, written by our own Practical Law attorney editors, delves into the legal issues surrounding the use, acquisition, and development of artificial intelligence.

In-house attorneys often gravitate to our bimonthly GC Agenda column, which provides a round-up of major horizon issues for general counsel with actionable takeaways. The January GC Agenda covers, among other things, amendments to the AAA’s arbitration rules, the application of insider trading theories to NFTs, and officer exculpation under Delaware law. For companies preparing for the 2023 proxy season, we also have detailed pieces on complying with the SEC’s new pay versus performance disclosure requirement and on the mechanics of the new universal proxy rules.

Do you have any favorite sections of the magazine?

The Journal’s exclusive profiles of legal industry leaders are near and dear to us. We interview top law firm partners, general counsel, public interest attorneys, and federal judges, who offer  compelling industry insights, best practices, career advice, and personal anecdotes.

In the January issue, we interviewed Ninth Circuit Judge Jacqueline Nguyen. She discusses obstacles she overcame on her path to becoming the first Asian American woman to serve on a federal court of appeals. We also checked in with Practical Law advisory board member Igor Kirman of Wachtell Lipton. He talks about the future of M&A practice.

How can readers access The Journal?

Readers can enjoy free access to The Journal on To view the content, they simply sign in to their Reuters account or, if they don’t have an account, they can register here. To be notified when new monthly issues of The Journal are published and get highlights delivered straight to their inbox, readers can also opt in to our newsletter here.


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