Thomson Reuters, continuing to build on its acquisition last June of Casetext and its CoCounsel generative AI legal assistant for a whopping $650 million cash, today disclosed plans to deploy CoCounsel as a single and continuous AI assistant across its entire portfolio of products spanning every professional its serves in legal, tax, risk and fraud, and media.

Also today, TR announced the availability of CoCounsel within additional legal and tax products and within Microsoft 365.

Over time, TR said, CoCounsel will link all products across its entire portfolio, meaning customers can bring together multiple skills and workflows from different products into one place.

This means a user’s chat history will follow the user from product to product, and also that CoCounsel will know which product to look to for the answer to a query, regardless of which product the user is working in.

Of course, the level of that functionality would depend on the products to which the user has subscriptions. The more TR products the user has, the more versatile CoCounsel could be.

“Our unique combination of resources means we can deliver on our vision of providing professionals a new, human-centric point of access to our suite of Thomson Reuters products,” said David Wong, Thomson Reuters’ chief product officer. “As our products continue to expand and improve, the customer experience will remain centered in our GenAI assistant as CoCounsel learns new skills and capabilities — unlocking productivity and becoming the way professionals work.”

Already, TR in November had announced the integration of generative AI within its flagship legal research platform Westlaw Precision and provided direct access to CoCounsel from within Precision. It also previewed its plans to integrate CoCounsel across multiple TR products, including Practical Law, Document Intelligence, and HighQ. In January, it rolled out Ask Practical Law AI, a generative AI feature within Practical Law.

CoCounsel in Westlaw Edge UK.

Today, it announced the availability of CoCounsel skills within three additional products for tax and legal professionals:

  • Checkpoint Edge with CoCounsel, to be available this summer only in the U.S., is TR’s first generative AI product for tax professionals. TR says it will deliver “better, faster answers to complex tax research questions, rooted in Thomson Reuters trusted proprietary content, enhancing efficiency for seasoned researchers and enabling inexperienced researchers to work with reduced supervision.”
  • Westlaw Edge UK with CoCounsel, available now to customers in the UK, provides TR’s first generative AI legal research offering in the UK. The company says it will streamline the initial phase of legal research, allowing users to ask complex questions in natural language and delivering a synthesized answer grounded in trusted Westlaw content.
  • CoCounsel integrations with Microsoft 365, available in beta this summer to U.S. and UK customers, adds CoCounsel applications for Teams, Word, Outlook, and SharePoint, all intended to help users accelerate research, drafting and review. TR says this is the first of what will be other third-party integrations of CoCounsel.

TR said it will continue to develop new generative AI skills and they will eventually be introduced into products across every business segment it serves under the CoCounsel brand.

Note that the product originally developed by Casetext and acquired by TR is now called CoCounsel Core. Moving forward, TR said, it will use CoCounsel as the common nomenclature for its single generative AI assistant available across its portfolio.

TR also said that this rollout of the CoCounsel assistant “completes the integration of Casetext into Thomson Reuters, delivering on the vision of a united team building a single GenAI assistant across Thomson Reuters product suite.”

Below is a TR video dramatizing the CoCounsel integration across products.

Photo of Bob Ambrogi Bob Ambrogi

Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.