Turning over a new leaf in legal research
Wolters Kluwer Hong Kong today launches PrimeLaw, a brand new legal database platform. PrimeLaw combines essential legal tools (legislation, case law and commentary) into a single online platform and is Wolters Kluwer HK’s major product in the making for the past year. Wolters Kluwer HK operates under the global Wolters Kluwer group which possesses over 175 years of experience in professional publishing and information service. Wolters Kluwer HK specializes in tax, accounting and legal publications and, in more than 20 years of its publishing business, has collaborated with key accounting and legal figures such as Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and King & Wood Mallesons. In addition, Wolters Kluwer HK organizes executive events and provides workflow and software solutions to local and Greater China businesses.
Suiting customer needs
Over the years, Wolters Kluwer HK has established and maintained amicable relationships with many local and international professional bodies, including the Hong Kong and Chinese Institutes of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA/CICPA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS).
David Chang, General Manager of Wolters Kluwer HK, explained, “Our clients span from accounting and law firms to education institutions and multinational corporations. As an example, over 200 accounting firm users employ our world-leading CCH audit workflow software solutions. For many of them, ProSystem fx® Engagement in particular serves as a flexible and powerful paperless analytical tool that is able to respond to the rapid-changing audit sector.”
“As our client base expands, we recognize and act upon their need for an effective and efficient online platform combining accurate information and practical tools in tax, accounting and legal services. With a product team consisting of legal and accounting professionals, Wolters Kluwer HK presents what our clients are looking for: a unified research platform. The Prime Platform is our answer.”
The One-Stop Integrated Platform Vision
PrimeLaw is the first of the Prime Platform featured products. As of now, it covers both Hong Kong legislations and court judgments, combined with great functionality and user experience, Chang said.
“PrimeLaw also integrates many of Wolters Kluwer HK’s (CCH) best-selling print titles, such as Hong Kong Listed Companies: Law and Practice, Hong Kong Company Secretary’s Practice Manual and the flagship Hong Kong Master Tax Guide series, in digital format which complement legal research as trusted analytical sources. A multitude of developments in PrimeLaw’s future functions are underway, such as integrated workflow solutions, search and compare function across jurisdictions as well as continuous strengthening of database content quantity and quality.”
PrimeLaw’s target users include lawyers, accounting firms and companies of various sizes. Practitioners in alternative dispute resolution and company secretaries will also find it useful. The Prime Platform will become the go-to website for professionals. “We think this unification of professional information is much sought after in the market,” commented Chang.
The Bridge to Greater China
With the rise of cross-border operations and businesses being present in both China and Hong Kong, PrimeLaw is the bridge between the jurisdictional gap our users (both local practitioners and foreign expatriates) are looking for. “We intend to work closely with our regional head office, Wolters Kluwer China, to bring and localize Chinese legal and regulatory information to users via PrimeLaw,” said Chang. One example might be the extensive China Laws for Foreign Businesses which is an indispensable tool for overseas businesses wishing to start venture in China.
About Wolters Kluwer Hong Kong Limited
Wolters Kluwer Hong Kong (also known as CCH Hong Kong) is a Wolters Kluwer company. Wolters Kluwer is a market-leading global information services company. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer's leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2013) of EUR3,565 million and employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide serving customers in over 150 countries. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam and are included in the AEX index and Euronext 100 index. The CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board is Nancy McKinstry.
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