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hemscott.NET Launches New Legal Portal

UK business information provider hemscott.NET has launched its new legal portal Hemscott Legal.

The new service is intended to facilitate communication between commercial law firms and their major corporate clients.

Headed by Pauline Lyle-Smith, founder of the legal DX postal system and a former editor of the Chambers & Partners legal directory, Hemscott Legal has three main features.

First is an extensive database of deal and dispute particulars aimed at helping in-house lawyers locate specialist expertise in commercial law firms. Second is a legal recruitment service, and third a bulletin board where participants can discuss legal issues.

"The Internet will become a vital medium for the future of legal business development," said Pauline Lyle-Smith.

"We aim to make Hemscott Legal the principal international platform which brings clients and law firms together."

hemscott.NET is the spin-off of all Hemmington Scott's content, database and Internet activities. Last month, saw the appointment of a new CEO when Rosalyn Wilton joined the company from Reuters Information.

"Hemscott Legal is only the first of a series of specialist vertical portals we plan for specific business and professional communities," said Wilton.

"I am enormously excited about its prospects. Lawyers already use our company data but the new specialist legal information will not only be extremely valuable to the legal profession but also to other users in a wider business context."