Delia Venables, bi-monthly newsletter is coming out later this week and it will cover the following areas:
1. Who needs an IT department? This is the question asked by Steven Bradley as he discusses the many IT functions which can now be outsourced, including data storage, practice management, web site hosting, telecoms, typing and dictation.
2. Many lawyers have been watching the development of the "free access to law" movement with great interest; it started with AustLII, continued with BAILII (and several others) and now includes many of the important jurisdictions of the world. Graham Greenleaf, Andrew Mowbray and Philip Chung were the founders of this movement and they have honoured the newsletter by providing a "milestone" article on how it all fits together.
3. Many firms have fee-earner profiles on their web sites but, quite honestly, most of these would fail to make a potential client feel that this is the "right" lawyer for them. Alison Hunt tells us how to get the necessary information from the fee-earner. It's easy really, if you know how.
4. Matthew Broadbent describes how the internet has changed the way that law firms recruit their trainees.
5. Eduardo Ustaran explores the data protection challenges faced by businesses operating user generated websites - those commonly known as Web 2.0. What rights do the contributors have? He covers the interpretation of personal data and how the fair processing rules apply. He thinks that the evolving legal framework will be tested by some of those pioneers currently trying out new business models.
6. The topic of wikis is explored by Paul Robertson, of New Zealand firm Heaney & Co., who describes how they use an internal wiki to gather together the firm's collective wisdom on their specialist area - the liability of local authorities. Then Nick Holmes returns to the theme of "the law wiki dream" as raised by Richard Susskind last year and looks at some of the assets that the UK legal community has, to make it work.
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