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6 best legal software platforms for 2024


The best platforms available on the market, and the value they bring.

The pandemic has pushed the legal sector towards a digital transformation. [1] With increased competition and demands for faster results, the efficiency AI brings has become a priority. Legal due diligence, client intake software, M&A proceedings and informal discovery are all processes that benefit from pairing with the right tech.

However, lawyers must carefully consider which platforms are worth their investment. It may seem ideal to utilise multiple platforms at once to prevent inefficiencies, but an overload of platforms leads to convoluted workflows and drains resources.

Here, we have compiled a list of the six best legal software platforms available on the market, their use cases and benefits.

Read on to find out:

  • What these platforms are,
  • What they can do, and 
  • The value they can bring to you.

[1] How Technology is Redefining the Role of Lawyers | TechRound

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1. Xapien

Xapien is a research platform that can scour through millions of publicly available online information sources to derive insights that are relevant to a particular subject. With AI-based and machine learning functionalities, Xapien quickly processes and consolidates vast, unstructured sources to deliver highly detailed yet easy-to-digest reports. The platform’s ability to consolidate and process unstructured data makes it a valuable resource to inform any legal proceeding. Generating in-depth background reports on any person or organisation within minutes, Xapien brings efficiency and clarity to the client intake process, but can also be used to aid with M&A proceedings or informal discovery in litigation. This saves firms from having to invest time and money into various systems for all of these processes.

For example, Xapien supports lawyers in making stronger decisions around client intake in the current complex sanction landscape. UK law firms are currently facing scrutiny for working with Russian oligarchs in light of the Ukraine invasion — a practice that is technically legal, but ethically dubious. [2] This scrutiny has proved so potentially damaging that these lawyers are now facing negative consequences for working with these clients. [3]The most important question law firms can ask themselves has shifted from “can we work with this client?” to “should we work with this client?”. Xapien enables and empowers that decision-making.

Xapien’s research power is so far-reaching that it can uncover dubious and potentially damaging connections that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. It gives a clear, thorough picture of a potential client, enabling you to make fully informed decisions, quickly.

What Xapien offers

  • AI and machine learning functionalities to enable research at a size and scale that would be impossible for manual researchers.
  • Vast research capabilities that can be used across a range of different legal use cases, from counterparty research in litigation to due diligence as part of client intake.
  • Intelligent analysis of millions of publicly available online data sources to only draw information that’s relevant to the intended subject.

[2] London Lawfare: how lawyers helped Russia’s super-rich | Financial Times  

[3] Calls for US to issue visa bans for UK lawyers enabling Russian oligarchs | The Guardian 

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2. LexisNexis

An expansive dataset of past legal decisions is the key selling point and primary function of LexisNexis. Lawyers looking into previous cases can find details to inform their existing and future legal strategies. Lexis also offers legal management tools and other functions.

What LexisNexis offers

  • A variety of legal management solutions within a single platform, including document creation and expert analytics.
  • Automated contract drafting to ensure a high level of quality and regulations are met while saving time.
  • News and media monitoring that allows users to stay up-to-date on important legal news and changes in legislation.

3. Imprima

Imprima is an AI-powered analysis and summary platform that can process and organise large amounts of documentation and data inputted by the user. Imprima’s main capability is in serving as a virtual “data room”, to assist lawyers in centralising a mass library of legal documents.

What Imprima offers

  • Smart Redaction and Smart Indexing features to aid in contract documentation and the ability to create a virtual data room.
  • Generates AI-powered automated summaries of legal documents to save on time and costs if they were to be done manually.
  • A Smart Review feature that scours through contract documentations to quickly find what users need to review.

4. Kira

Kira is another platform that aids in reviewing a large number of contracts efficiently and effectively. Its document review functions reduce the workload on manual review teams and can save on resources whilst maintaining accuracy. Kira also provides Donor research tools for team management within its system scope.

What Kira offers

  • Machine learning technology to review and analyse contracts at speed.
  • The ability for legal teams to communicate, delegate, synchronise, and collaborate within the Kira system.
  • Quick identification and extraction of specific clauses, provisions, and data points from contracts to then be manually reviewed.

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5. Luminance

Luminance is an AI-powered platform that seeks to automate legal workflows. Aside from high-volume contract review capabilities, Luminance can also automate contract drafting. It assists lawyers in handling over 25 types of contractual reviews.

What Luminance offers

  • A simple plug-and-play functionality that allows lawyers with little to no technical training to realise the platform’s benefits effectively and quickly.
  • Analysis of documents on a conceptual level, allowing users to easily search for “conceptually similar” documents.
  • Advanced document and clause comparison technology that lawyers and paralegals can use for redaction, remediation, and reporting.

6. ComplyAdvantage

ComplyAdvantage performs AI-driven detection of fraud and anti-money laundering (AML) activity. ComplyAdvantage carries out PEPs and sanctions checks, watchlist checks, and some adverse media checks. Their sanction lists are automated so they stay fully up-to-date. This is a valuable capability in a world where sanction lists are growing rapidly and changing by the day.

What ComplyAdvantage offers

  • The ability to monitor and screen financial transactions in real-time so that users never miss out on critical updates.
  • Donor Research Tools for automating and effectively optimising the onboarding and monitoring of new clients.
  • Know Your Business functions to help map out company ownership and control using combined AML and corporate structure searches.

Xapien is the only platform that does it for you

While all of the above platforms deliver great value in streamlining the legal processes, their scope of analysis is limited to existing data sets, such as contracts, or sanctions and watchlist databases. Beyond search tools, growth-minded lawyers need a research tool that can perform extensive analysis in return for a greater scope of insights. Xapien is the only platform available that fits the bill. As well as scouring through existing datasets, from PEPs and sanctions lists to corporate records, Xapien scours the entire web and derives insights from open-source information. This capacity allows it to streamline and enhance legal processes across the firm.

Our platform’s key functions include:

  • The ability to address both structured and open-source data at ease, with the assurance that all research follows compliance and regulation protocols.
  • Delivery of insights that are relevant to the intended subject. This can be a few simple terms of context that are provided by the user and used to disambiguate between false positives.
  • Final reports that are comprehensive yet digestible and shareable, and help empower lawyers in making better-informed decisions.

Xapien is the single, all-in platform of choice to help your law firm capitalise on its budget spend and see efficiencies across the board. Book a demo with Xapien today to turbo-charge your legal research.

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