Legal technology company LexisNexis South Africa has cemented a strategic partnership with Africa Legal, reinforcing both their efforts to advance the rule of law and impact the work of legal professionals in Africa.
The partnership reflects a shared commitment and vision for a well connected and strong legal community on the continent.
The groundbreaking collaboration will involve pan-African research that includes:
a comprehensive look at the needs of legal professionals;
an evaluation of the strength of the rule of law;
and, shining a spotlight on those impacting and enhancing the rule of law.
The campaign will delve into the historical inspiration behind modern-day rule of law trailblazers, reminding readers of the long, and often hard, road walked by Africa's lawyers in their search for justice, fairness and equality before the law.
As a multinational company, with more than 85 years at the forefront of providing localised legal content and technology, LexisNexis South Africa’s vision is to use the rule of law to advance legal potential. This is aligned with Africa Legal’s purpose of making it easier for legal professionals to enhance their careers, obtain professional news and access digital courses in one place.
Chief Executive and Chair of the Board of LexisNexis South Africa, Videsha Proothveerajh, said, “Enhancing the rule of law through Africa and the Commonwealth is one of LexisNexis’ core objectives and, through strategic partnerships we are striving to create a platform for African countries to become more competitive and attract more foreign direct investment, thus enabling the continent to achieve its full potential and take its rightful place on the global stage.”
“The rule of law, as a factor for global competitiveness, is a basic requirement that all countries must proactively enable and uphold. Our partnership with Africa Legal forms part of our pursuit to develop partnerships within an ecosystem of like-minded companies who share the vision and desire to work tirelessly at achieving a situation where all citizens have access to sufficient legal support,” she added.
Africa Legal’s Chief Executive Scott Cowan said across Africa legal professionals were doing “incredible work” and the goal of Africa Legal, working with LexisNexis, was to enable a conduit for easy communication and professional education that supported the rule of law.
“We see time and again how the challenges faced by legal professionals in Nigeria or Ghana or South African are similar to those being faced in Kenya, Ethiopia, Botswana or Mozambique, for example. What we are offering is the facility for easy networking and sharing so that legal professionals can collaborate and upskill in a way that has never been done before.”
The strategic partnership between LexisNexis and Africa Legal will harness the power of technology and digital transformation to improve efficiencies in law and expand reach across the legal community, Cowan said.
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