Two of the most respected commentators on law publishing and technology, namely Nick Holmes and Delia Venables have recently published the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers and Law 2.0,
1. Nick Holmes looks at how law publishing is continuing to change in response to technological change and how it is now being pushed even further by global recession. How will law publishing develop over the next few years?
2. Helen Dewar of Leigh Day & Co. tells us how the implementation of an intranet at her firm was driven by the desire to move away from a paper copy of the office manual, a Word document that ran to several hundred pages and covered every aspect of the firm's professional life. She describes the key factors which lead to the success of an intranet project.
3. Jonathan Golden of Solnick LLP describes how the firm enhanced their profile by implementing the emplaw employment data base in their own website. This is a way of providing legal information for free, but then being in a good position to offer legal advice in the normal way.
4. Neil Addison of New Bailey Chambers looks at "fax to email" services - and finds them invaluable for people who do a lot of work away from their firm or chambers. He describes how the systems work.
5. Rob Hailstone of HIPAG describes the new HIP Regulations regarding the ending of the transitional arrangements. The new element is the Property Information Questionnaire and he considers what effect this will have on the buying and selling process.
6. Alison Bowker describes how Oxford University Press has made its first foray into online information for lawyers and legal researchers with the launch of new online services in International Law, Investment Claims and Public International Law.
7. Anthony Kinahan describes the new database of the opinions (judgments) of the Scottish courts in over 650 cases now provided by Scottish Council for Law Reporting.
8. Nick Holmes looks at the key elements in Richard Susskind's new book "The End of Lawyers?" Whilst some sorts of traditional legal service may die out, there are other opportunities for innovative lawyers to carve out a new (and enduring) role.
9. Gerald Newman helps chambers work out a strategy for e-marketing - most Bar websites are static brochures, with not much else on their site except a possible email newsletter. For chambers who really want to stand out, there are many ways to do this. (Many of these techniques work for firms' web sites as well).
I am subscriber of the above and well worth it as well.
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