LexisNexis last week announced the launch of a new martindale.com website. The site boasts many new features, such as Web 2.0 enhancements that include knowledge sharing abilities and the capability to personalize data. These enhancements signify the beginning of new products and services that LexisNexis Practice Solutions (and Martindale-Hubbell) has planned for its customers in the next year.

Martindale.com also features a client review service that enables corporate counsel to rate their experiences with outside counsel. The new tool is based on confidential client surveys and provides third-party insights on a variety of criteria (quality of legal service, value for money and likelihood of recommending a firm for a legal matter according to practice area, industry or geographic area. The client review offering also supplies data to help inside counsel and co-counsel build law firm shortlists, corroborate personal recommendations, identify a firm in an unfamiliar jurisdiction or when no reliable personal recommendation exists, and to justify crucial decisions.

The site has additional functions that allow users to find even more detailed information about firms and attorneys. One such feature is "My Martindale Network," which gives corporate counsel the tools necessary to create and manage their own personalized preferred provider lists.

LexisNexis and its Martindale brand are definitely among the most prominent players in the legal information space. But LexisNexis has never rested on its laurels. The company is known for continually updating its offerings to better serve its customers and maintain its strength in the legal marketplace. For that reason, this particular launch is not surprising; nor is it surprising that the company announced that the launch is just the beginning of things to come. LexisNexis seems to be in tune with what its customers want; and these latest Martindale.com enhancements signify that. It will be interesting to see what makes news at the company over the next year. Chances are, LexisNexis won’t disappoint.