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A fully categorised list of UK law blogs is provided by Nick Holmes on his infolaw site here.

Choose a letter: A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z  Irish blogs

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  • Andrew Hogan's blog on legal costs provides information and posts on this topic. Andrew has advised upon and argued costs cases in the county court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as other tribunals including the Lands Tribunal. He is based at Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham but travels widely. He also provides a blog on disability discrimination and other areas of law affecting disabled people.

  • Andrew Veitch, solicitor, writes a blog commenting on legal issues which in essence provides free legal advice on a number of every day legal matters that effect the normal person in the street. He covers private client work, e.g. lease extensions, debt recovery, Home Information Packs, personal injury and wills.

  • Anonymous Assistant which has featured as a column in The Times/Times Online for several years has now launched itself as an independent blog. It is a fictional account of a junior litigation lawyer, Helen Bailey, and her friends as they struggle to assert themselves amidst the egos and eccentricities of a large City law firm. It is written by a real lawyer working in the litigation department of a City law firm who uses experiences gleaned from several firms as the basis for the ongoing story.

  • Art Law London is a blog from Paul Howcroft, of solicitors firm Fladgate LLP. The blog covers English legal developments relevant to the art world.

  • A trainee writes is a new blog from a trainee in a medium/large firm in Scotland. It's written by a brand new shiny trainee, now 2 weeks into the job. As the blogger says "Finally I've made it to being a trainee... after years (and a fortune) studying I've earned the title of "unqualified assistant"... at least for a while."

  • Austin Lafferty Blog comes from Austin Lafferty's solicitors and estate agents in Glasgow & East Kilbride (and particularly from Austin Lafferty himself) discussing legal issues relevant to businesses and individuals in Glasgow, East Kilbride and beyond.

  • Azrights Blog covers Intellectual Property and Technology law. The blog is produced by Shireen Smith, the founder of Azrights Solicitors. As she says "We comment on matters that are of interest to small or SME businesses or to those wanting to know more about how Intellectual Property works and furthers business objectives. We try to provide a holistic perspective, crossing the boundaries between disciplines, and to avoid being purely legally focused as there are already many such Intellectual Property blogs in existence. We draw inspiration and news from existing Intellectual Property blogs, but our approach brings together insights from other areas too like internet marketing, branding, and entrepreneurship."

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  • BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar. It has now moved to its own site having spent the last 3 years on the Times. It is also now on the Guardian Law blog (select BabyBarista from the list of options along the top). A new feature is a series of excellent cartoons by Hollywood animator Alex Williams (see Queen's Counsel, his cartoon satire on law and lawyers for the Times, with more than 750 cartoons going back over fifteen years). Now we know what OldRuin, OldSmoothie, BusyBody and TheVamp actually look like! This new series will be published in due course if you miss the blog (or even if you have not missed the blog). The first series of blog entries has now been published as BabyBarista and The Art of War (Bloomsbury).

  • Bankruptcy, insolvencey and corporate rescue is a blog from John Tribe, KPMG Lecturer in Restructuring, Kingston Law School, Kingston University, Surrey. The blog supports his insolvency law and company law teaching and scholarship and provides "an online notepad" where he can record important developments, news and other items of interest. There is also a mass of information available with links to relevant bodies, events and other web sites in the area.

  • Barrister Bard comes from David Osborne, a successful and experienced barrister. His fields of expertise range from crime, prison law and personal injury, to family and matrimonial law. He is also an acknowledged authority on human rights. He is also a bestselling author and public speaker. His aim in writing the blog to comment on topical legal issues - sometimes humorously, but usually with a serious message.

  • Benussi Blog, from Diane Benussi of Birmingham firm Benussi & Co. describes itself as "discreet divorce with care and compassion" and concentrates on how to live with divorce, particularly with children who need to be protected from the emotional fallout of the divorce.

  • Binary Law is Nick Holmes's blog on issues of legal information: how it is authored, edited, managed, processed and published; who uses it, why and what for; its syntax and semantics. Nick Holmes is a publishing consultant specialising in the UK legal sector and is Managing Director of infolaw. infolaw offers a range of e-publishing services, including blog setup, configuration and advice, tailored to requirements. Nick has set up a section on the infolaw site to catalogue all UK law blogs; you can find this here. I think this is the first catalogued section on law blogs as distinct from lists of "everything in together".

  • Bloody relations is a blog from barrister Jacqui Gilliatt about UK family law. The description of the blog is "Where there's a relative there's a bloody good argument to be had". The blog is associated with Jacqui's chambers website 4 Brick Court where there are a large number of articles on family law and a monthly "update" on family law with summaries of recent cases, articles etc. The blog is also associated with a wiki called familylawfaqs which is still in its early stages and calling for others to contribute their knowledge as well as the original authors.

  • Bournemouth and Poole College Law Weblog is intended to keep the college's students up to date with current developments in the courts and provide a discussion facility. The College follows the AQA AS and A level syllabus, and the blog covers legal developments relevant to that. There are extensive notes for law students at the main departmental page here.

  • Breens blog comes from breens, solicitors of Southport and Waterloo. The blog covers topics of general interest to individuals and families, for example, wills, ending a tenancy early, what it means to die intestate, accidents (including bicying accidents), death and taxes, buying a seond (hliday) home and other practical topics.

  • Briefblog describes itself as "the travails of an English intellectual property IT and e-commerce barrister". The author is David Harris, an Intellectual Property barrister doing IP IT and e-commerce law as well as some general commercial and civil law. He covers current issues in these areas in a straightforward manner.

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  • Camps Solicitors Personal Injury Blog covers news and views on the latest personal injury and accident cases.

  • Carruthers on Defamation and Professional Negligence provides frequent news and articles on cases and legal developments in these areas as well as guides for clients on the Litigation process.

  • Charon QC Weblog comes out every fortnight with a lighthearted analysis of cases, topical subjects and legal news. It also contains musings and chat generally. The first edition focuses on Sport. Charon QC does not really exist - the blog is part of the Legal Practitioner Newswire, edited by Mike Semple Piggott, and the Law in a Box series of student courses on CD.

  • Clutton Cox host a blog on their web site written by solicitor Paul Hajek covering topics of property, conveyancing, HIPs and related areas of interest.

  • Contact Law Legal Blog covers legal issues in the UK, but also extends to important EU and international legal topics. As well as current affairs, the blog covers common everyday issues such as the basics on family law, employment rights, property purchases, landlord and tenancy disputes, small business issues and motoring offences. For a more directed approach, you can select the articles and news items by the type of law, e.g. Accidents and injuries, Civil Litigation, Commercial Law, Competition Law, Corporate crime, Criminal law, Debt and insolvency, Discrimination and so on.

  • Corporate Law and Governance is a blog from Robert Goddard of Aston Business School Birmingham. It provides news from the UK and beyond concerning corporate law and governance. These areas are broadly defined to include capital market regulation, financial reporting and the legal environment in which companies (of all sizes) operate.

  • Cousins Business Law Blog comes from Gary Cousins of commercial solicitors Cousins Business Law. It is designed to inform people quickly and in plain English on legal issues that can help their business. The blog also includes the firm's thoughts on topical legal and business issues.

  • Diary of a Criminal Solicitor provides criminal practitioners with news and resources on criminal law and criminal contracting. The site is principally run by Gavin Burrell of BTMK Solicitors in Essex. The blog is linked to another site run by Gavin called Criminal Solicitor dot net which offers access to forums to discuss criminal law and contracting issues and provides a case law updater and legislation updater to keep members aware of impending or recent changes in criminal law. You have to register to be a "member" but it is free. There is also a weekly email newsletter.

  • Current Awareness from the Inner Temple Library provides up-to-date information regarding new case law, changes in legislation, and legal news, which Library Staff think will be of interest to lawyers practising in the UK. The content is selected and updated daily by information professionals from the Inner Temple Library in London with full links to the original source of the information. There are usually many entries on any one day. This is a major current awareness resource. It is also noteworthy that the blog makes full use of the powers built into blogging software with the archive of past posts; e.g. (for just "A"!) abortion, adoption, advertising, advocacy, age discrimination, agency, agricultural holdings, air passenger duty, airlines, alcohol abuse, animals, anonymity, appeals, arbitration, armed forces, artificial insemination, ASBOs, assault, assets recovery, assisted suicide, asylum and attorney general. You can subscribe with RSS and get alerts every day. You can also receive "normal" email alerts, follow the blog on Twitter, get the Widget or follow on Facebook. (The Inner Temple Library is one of the four Inns of Court Libraries, which serve barristers, judges and bar students in England and Wales.)

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  • David Gilroy's Blog doesn't give much away in the title but David Gilroy runs a lively firm in legal IT/marketing called Conscious Solutions. He says that the blog will cover the area of marketing for law firms - and really whatever he feels like!

  • David Phillips & Partners Blog: discussion and opinion from a leading firm of criminal defence and personal injury lawyers, covering signifcant criminal cases, actions against the police, fraud and personal injury.

  • Deaf Lawyers UK covers issues relating to Deaf lawyers, as well as Deaf issues within the legal system. The website was set up by a group of Deaf solicitors, barristers, law students and people trying to qualify as lawyers. It aims to respond to access issues, publicise specialised information and raise awareness of issues Deaf people face within the legal system. The site also aims to bring Deaf lawyers together, and to reach out to others who may not be aware of their rights. There is a strong international element to the site with links to similar groups in the USA and elsewhere. The site includes a Deaf Blawg. This is updated frequently and includes contributions from a number of people. Prime topics appearing so far are immigration, citizenship and asylum, and special problems for deaf people in these contexts, covered generally, but not entirely, from a legal point of view.

  • Discrimination Law Blog comes from the Discrimination Law Team at Brabners Chaffe Street. The blog forms part of their specialised web site Discrimination Law which itself provides a great deal of information on this general area of law. The blog says that it "provides news and updates on discrimination law, report recent cases and provide practical tips for both employers and employees".

  • Divorce Family Toolkit is a blog from Alan Larkin of Family Law Partners in Brighton - "The inside track for those struggling with divorce finance issues". As well as postings on topics of family law finance, the blog contains a description of the legal terms used in family law, lots of information on the dreaded Form E, and links to other useful sites related to Family Law and (particularly) the financial aspects of Divorce. There is now a useful (free) facility The Child Maintenance Service’s child maintenance calculator. This allows parents to predict what level of child maintenance may be requested if the Child Maintenance Service is involved, based on the rules introduced by the Child Maintenance Service on 29th July 2013. It uses a gross income model and applies different rates (or a combination of rates) in 5 bands. The calculator is free to use and can be used directly by parents or by their lawyers or mediators. It can be accessed by computer or through mobile devices. There is an official calculator provided by the Government but this does not give enough detail and does not lend itself to allowing the results to be easily communicated (by email for instance) to a co-parent. The lack of transparency in the calculation tends to aggravate the mistrust that exists immediately after separation.

  • Divorce Solicitor Blog is a very lively new blog from Lynne Bastow, of Bastows Divorce Solicitors. She poses questions like "Can I date now that we've started divorce proceedings?" (The answer most often is: "No!"). There are lots of lively stories and good photos to go with the stories (many peoples' blogs are just text based - very boring to look at).

  • Divorcing Reality is not about divorce but about reality - law and politics and current affairs, and particularly where these topics seem to go awol. The blog is written by Brighton solicitor Stephen Carrigan.

  • D'Souza. THE criminal barrister is "the trials and tribulations of Dominic D'Souza. THE not so serious musings of a criminal barrister instructed to defend in the most serious and complex cases." He muses on the nature of the Bar, the nature of a "calling" to the Bar, the nature of crime and why he is not thinking kind and generous thoughts about the burglar who stole his car.

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  • ECHR blog provides commentary on cases and issues at the ECHR. The blog is compiled by Antoine Buyse, of Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University.

  • Ellis Whittam & Partners of Chester, provide a regular free email bulletin called "Employer's Brief". This gives details of changes in UK employment law and health & safety regulations, for employers. Partner Mark Ellis also writes a blog on Employment Law and Health & Safety Solutions for UK Businesses.

  • Employment Law Blog is written by Charles Price, an employment law specialist and barrister with No5 Chambers. He covers topics relating to cases in employment law, such as how harassment is being used in claims against employers.

  • EmploymentLaw24Blog comes from Rothera Dowson of Nottingham with regular postings on current topics of employment law.

  • Employment Law Update is the blog of Philip Henson, head of employment law and partner at City of London solicitors Bargate Murray, and chief employment law blogger for the solicitors journal. The blog reviews employment related case law, government consultations and legislative changes. It also includes practical tips on employment tribunals, and day to day HR advice; a city focus section looking at regulation and risk; mediation in the work place; links to helpful resources, and a Just for Fun section.

  • Employment Litigator Online comes from Gary David Armstrong, a UK Employment Lawyer working in Manchester. The blog is designed for "all those interested in Employment Law and its development domestically and internationally". There are regular and quite detailed case reports from significant recent judgments particularly from the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

  • Employment Tribunal Claims (etclaims.co.uk) is a blog from Naomi Cunningham which supports and updates the book Employment Tribunal Claims: tactics & precedents (2nd ed. LAG September 2007) by her and Michael Reed. (The Book can be purchased on-line from the Legal Action Group. You can also download the first chapter and the contents list.) The blog contains a continuing supply of up to date articles on these topics including a complete collection of the discrimination questionnaires. According to Naomi, these were surprisingly hard to track down and there seems to be no (other) single site that collects them all in one place.

  • Eutopia law comes from members of Matrix Chambers' EU law group. It comments selectively on interesting developments in EU law, particularly as they affect lawyers’ practice areas, and at contributing to the debate on topical issues. It is not intended to promote any particular party line or view-point. The name is a pun on Thomas More's Utopia (published in 1516). "Utopia" is already a pun in Greek: it can be understood as meaning both no-place (ou-topia) and good-place (eu-topia). Eutopia is a further extension of the pun! Current posts look at the apparent suspension of the rule of law in the EU as countries seek to remedy the eurozone crisis.

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  • Family Law Blog comes from Andrew Woolley and his team, of Family Law Firm. The blog covers recent case law and other interesting cases and provides their views on a wide variety of family law related issues. Another blog, also based on the Family Law Firm site, is Diary of a Divorce which is written anonymously by one of their clients to share their experiences of divorce and family breakdown. (There’s a time lag on posts being written to when they are posted for perhaps obvious reasons but it means that the postings are not in strict chronological order). It is interesting to see how much of an emotional rollercoaster the client is on and how this effects her decision making when it comes to some of the crucial issues they need to address.

  • Family Law Blog comes from Maidstone & West Malling firm Kaslers. The blog has current news and postings from family law specialist at Kaslers, Justin Forster.

  • Family Law In Partnership is a seriously informative blog about divorce, children in divorce situations, when to consider collaborative law, special risks in international abduction, topics of jurisidiction.

  • Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week, which provides free access to all the latest family law news, judgments, analysis and legislation. Family Law Week Blog complements this material with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law. The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

  • Family Law Matters is a blog from Jo Spain of Spain Williams. The blog contains articles, information and news on many areas of Family Law.

  • Family Lore is a blog from John Bolch covering serious and not-so-serious posts on the subject. He now has a second blog Family Law Focus for more serious material which provides family law news, including legislation articles and a full list of blogs around the world on family Law. He also provides Family Law Wiki, intended to cover all aspects of family law and procedure in England and Wales and, wherever possible, to link to other free online resources.

  • Family Property is a blog for family lawyers dealing with property and money written by barrister Sheila Hamilton Macdonald of KCH Barristers, Nottingham. It deals with all aspects of family money, including cohabitee problems, ancillary relief where it includes third party interests or insolvency, trusts, wills and family provision.

  • feedmelegal comes from "a lawyer in private practice who is interested in the potential benefits to lawyers, their clients and the public, of weblog applications, weblogs, webfeeds, and so on."

  • Fiona Woolf, whilst being President of the Law Society, kept a blog on the Legal Week site (although rather buried in a section called "Legal Village". She described her meetings and other activities and muses on some of the big issues facig solicitors. I am not sure whether she is going to continue her blog now that she is ex-president!

  • Forbes Solicitors have a Personal Law Blog providing free legal advice and comments on current legal matters for Family & Divorce, Wills, Trusts, Tax & Probate, Property, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. The Forbes Commercial Law Blog provides insights and advice on Corporate, Commercial and Business Law, Business Crime, Debt Collection, Dispute Resolution, Commercial Property, Employment & HR and Sports Law.

  • Free Movement is a blog from Colin Yeo, a specialist immigration law barrister based at Renaissance Chambers in London. He has been practising in immigration law for thirteen years and previously worked for the Immigration Advisory Service and Refugee Legal Centre. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law and draws on the experience of several specialist immigration barristers in Renaissance Chambers.

  • Freedom of Information Act is a blog which provides news and developments on Freedom of Information in the UK. The blog is run by the Campaign for Freedom of Information. It was established in May 2003 by Steve Wood, who ran it until the end of February 2007 when he took up the post of Assistant Commissioner at the Information Commissioner's Office.

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  • Gill's blog comes from solicitor Gill Steel and covers topical matters relating to wills, probate, trusts and tax. The blog, together with her main site LawSkills is a mine of information on these topics and she also provides many sorts of legal training in these specialist areas, as well as consultancy. She has been lecturing to the legal profession for 15 years. She particularly wants to inspire all private client practitioners to succeed in the new marketplace for legal services.

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  • Hallam Blog is a great source of information on marketing and new media topics. Sue Hallam, who founded Hallam Internet, provides short tutorials on many useful subjects, like a glossary of social media terms, how to use Google Trends, whether Guest blogging is "done", all about Top Level Domains, whether your business needs a legal app, how to fix an email marketing mistake, and.... lots more.

  • HotDocs Ltd provides document generation technologies, resulting in intelligent templates that guide the user through document creation. HotDocs is used by thousands of law firms, legal publishers, financial institutions and government bodies to streamline the process of creating repeat documentation, in terms of reducing time spent, increasing efficiency, reducing risk and vastly improving accuracy. There is an interesting HotDocs blog relating to topics of the use of HotDocs for legal documents.

  • Human Law Mediation is an attractive and interesting blog from solicitor Justin Patten which explores the interlinked themes of mediation, law, technology and people. He has had a web site and a blog for some time but he now specialises full time in mediation working alongside lawyers, business owners, HR professionals and individuals to negotiate settlements on a wide range of business and personal disputes. The site includes a lot of useful background information about mediation in general, why it is useful and how it compares to other forms of alternative dispute resolution. He also provides half-day briefing session for lawyers and provides an e-zine to which lawyers can subscribe for free (you can do this from the site).

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  • Ian Gould is an experienced solicitor relating to actions against the police and he is head of litigation at David Phillips & Partners. Ian’s blog provides his thoughts and opinions relating to misconduct by the police and wrongful arrest.

  • IHT-Solutions is a commentary on all Inheritance Tax (IHT) matters by solicitor and IHT specialist, Paul Solomons, of Solomons Solicitors, of Bournemouth and Christchurch, Dorset. It is written for the ordinary person with an interest in wills and IHT as well as other lawyers.

  • i-legal.info is the podcasting site of Fisher Jones Greenwood. The service consists of a series of legal advice audio files which can be downloaded to a PC or received via a "podcast feed" (analagous to a RSS blog feed) and played by any device capable of playing MP3 files. Fisher Jones Greenwood have taken some of the pages of free legal information they have already made available from their website and converted them to audio files for podcasting.

  • Independent Law Network is a blog from a group of 7 Lawyers in Norfolk. They all have their own independent firms, but they collaborate and share experiences in a number of areas. The blog describes what they do and they publish articles and information about the various areas of law in which they practice. The presentation is bright and lively with contemporary topics covered (e.g. mock elections in schools - are they legal?) and I can imagine many "ordinary people" being interested - which is presumably the point of the blog. Tessa Shepperson (a very web savvy practitioner who instigated this particular initiative) says "I suspect that this sort of thing is going to be essential for sole practitioners as time goes on, especially those who have a more traditional practice. The public often prefer the more personal approach which a small firm can provide, but it is often difficult to find them. This sort of initiative will help make sole practitioners more visible."

  • Information Law is a blog run by Ibrahim Hasan covering data protection, freedom of Information and surveillance law (RIPA and RIPSA). There are also a number of free articles to download on these topics.

  • Inforrm stands for the International Forum for Responsible Media which has been set up to debate issues of media responsibility. They say "We believe in an independent, strong, free and responsible mass media. The media has important privileges in the public interest to enable it to perform its role as a public watchdog. But with those privileges go responsibilities. The media’s right to freedom of expression must be properly balanced against the rights to privacy and reputation". There are frequent postings on topics of the media, privacy and the law.

  • IP Draughts comes from Anderson Law LLP but the firm hopes to add other practitioners in due course to get a wide perspective on IP and business law issues. The blog focuses on intellectual property transactions.
  • Ipkat covers Intellectual Property and is provided by IP lawyers Jeremy Phillips and Ilanah Simon. A very significant resource.

  • Information Overlord is a blog on Information Management and Librarian issues with a communications media and technology law slant from clifford Chance information Officer Scott Vine.

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  • Jobsworth is a blog from employment lawyer Michael Scutt, devoted to UK employment law and related matters, particularly to issues affecting workers in the City of London and Canary Wharf. Why choose it for the name of this blog? As Michael says "Because it is memorable and because split into its constituent parts it highlights that our jobs are worth a lot to us – even if we don’t particularly like the job we are doing. In fact our jobs are fundamental to us." The topics covered vary from the very serious to the entirley flippant!

  • John Spencer, solicitor and Director of Spencers Solicitors, uses his personal blog to write regularly about issues within the personal injury sector. John is prominent campaigner for claimant rights, access to justice and comprehensive reform to certify complete transparency across the personal injury legal sector.

  • Judith's Divorce Blog comprises reflections and emotions associated with divorce, separation and associated topics, as perceived by an experienced divorce practitioner Judith Middleton with the particular "angle" of being associated with Resolution (the organisation which was previously known as the Solicitors Family Law Association). Judith is a lawyer with Darlington firm Latimer Hinks.

  • The Justice of the Peace Blog comes from "A Magistrate of independent mind and a libertarian bent". He says "Having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state's ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind." Apparently, since the blog started 4 years ago, there have been half a million visitors.
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  • Kim Tasso's blog on "Observations on the management and marketing of professional services firms in the UK" is a very informative and lively resource with frequent postings on current management and marketing topics as well as interviews with key suppliers and commentators. Kim is a highly respected consultant for law firms in marketing and business development.

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  • Landlord Law comes from Tessa Shepperson, a solicitor working entirely in the field of residential landlord and tenant law. She also maintains the Landlord Law site which provides a lot of free information on issues for landlords and tenants and also sells a variety of "packages" of information and documentation from the site. The blog is newsy but serious and well informed.

  • Lanyon Bowdler's Blog is designed for clients of the firm (Lanyon Bowdler is a general law firm located in Shropshire) and provides information about changes in legislation which could affect them, together with news about the practice and its people.

  • Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law comes from Laurie Kaye, of Laurence Kaye Solicitors, an acknowledged expert on digital media. He says that he will be examining whether whether the world of 'Law 2.0' has distinctive features and, if so, what the messages are for the media industries and business generally. He starts with a list of what he thinks are the 'Top 10' issues and features of digital media law that he will be exploring.

  • Lawford Kidd's blog comes from Edinburgh Solicitors Lawford Kidd and provides coverage of all areas of the law relating to accident compensation claims, injury claims and no win no fee in Scotland.

  • Legal Action Group blog provides up to date comment and analysis on legal aid and access to justice issues. LAG is a national, independent charity to promote equal access to justice for all members of society who are socially, economically or otherwise disadvantaged.

  • Legal4LandLords blog provides useful information for landlords together with news and discussion topics.

  • Legal Snippets comes from Solicitor Marcus O'Leary. They cover "Practical information on some aspects of English Commercial Law" and some of the material can also be downloaded as podcasts.

  • Life and Death and Taxes is a new blog from barrister Leigh Sagar, of New Square Chambers. Leigh is also an attorney, admitted in New York. The blog includes substantial case reports, features, news and discussions on topics in taxation and family law.

  • Legal Costs Blog comes from Gibbs Wyatt Stone, Defendant Costs Specialists. The blog covers the expertise expected from specialist costs counsel and the range of services provided by traditional costs draftsmen. Although the blog has only just been launched, it includes archive material from the last 2 years, previously covered on the Costs Law site. There is also a Costs Law update to which you can subscribe on the site.

  • Legal Jobs and Recruitment - daily articles on legal jobs, legal recruitment and the legal profession in the UK, as seen through the eyes of Jonathan Fagan, MD and legal recruitment consultant with www.ten-percent.co.uk. Lots of good chat about jobs, how to get them, how to keep them and generally about the legal profession.

  • Legal Practice Solutions from the consultants at Inpractice UK provides "thoughts on building a more profitable legal practice". The blog covers analysis, research, proven techniques and innovative solutions in all aspects of management to help lawyers and managers develop a more successful and profitable legal business.

  • Legal Project Management Limited is a blog from Antony Smith, a solicitor by training with many years of project based experience working in the legal sector who now helps lawyers become more productive and profitable by the application of project management techniques to all aspects of their business. The blog covers topics in legal project management and ways to improve a firm's performance using these techniques.

  • Lloyd Platt provides a blog/news section which covers views and news about family divorce and other family law issues.

  • The Legal Terrier Blog is written by Tim Kevan who was a practising barrister for ten years and is the author of the BabyBarista blog and books. It focuses on digging up the points that matter to solicitors and barristers across the spectrum but with a particular emphasis on personal injury and reform of legal services.

  • Lodger Landlord Blog comes from Tessa Shepperson, who also runs Landlord Law an online service for residential landlords and tenants and an associated blog (see above). There are a series of tips on the blog about renting a room in your home to a lodger. Tips include information on your legal obligations, how to choose lodgers, dealing with problem lodgers, whether you need to worry about the HMO regulations, and so on.

  • LoretoLaw is a blog for A Level law students following the OCR syllabus at Loreto College in Manchester. It includes information about current topics in the syllabus and legal topics in the news and also gives information on future courses to follow at the University stage.

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  • Marc Beaumont's blog: A senior, progressive barrister discusses topical issues. His interests include the Bar, the legal profession, Barristers, direct access to the Bar, property litigation, commercial litigation, defending Barristers, defending solicitors, defending professionals, Mediation, Education Law, Judicial Review, the Bar Council.

  • The Magistrate's Blog is billed as Musings and Snippets from an English Magistrate (Justice of the Peace). The blog is anonymous. The blogger describes cases he comes across with vital facts changed, but where an element of interest (legal or humorous) comes to light. As he says "Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do." He also says "If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source."

  • Marilyn Stowe Blog (subtitled "Where Family Law meets Family Life") covers many areas of Family Law including Children and Divorce, Cohabiting Couples, CSA, Finances and Divorce, Fostering & Adoption, Gay Marriage, International Divorce and Prenuptial Agreements. There are frequent articles on these topics as well as news and comment.

  • Motoring Lawyers Online, a firm of solicitors in Nottingham, provide a blog called Motoring Solicitors with regular postings about Speeding, Drink Driving and Motoring Law.

  • My Scottish Law blog comes from Bruce de Wert, a Scottish solicitor at Georgesons Solicitors of Wick and Thurso in Caithness. The blog is updated frequently with postings on Scottish Divorce, Scottish Powers of Attorney, Scottish Wills and topics relating to Property Law and Estate Agency. Bruce also offers a number of spcialised sites for the purchase of wills, powers of attorney and divorce services in Scotland, all at very reasonable rates with a particular emphasis on family law.

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  • Naked Law is a lively blog written by IT/ technology lawyers of Mills & Reeve’s Technology Team, based in Cambridge. The blog is about the latest UK legal/regulatory developments affecting the IT and other hi-tech industries, including in procurement and outsourcing, exploitation and protection of intellectual property, privacy and data protection, e-commerce and distance selling, and e-government. There are several lawyers involved, with frequent posts. Mills & Reeve’s Technology Team is a leading advisor on ICT issues, both to ICT businesses, and to organisations that acquire and use IT and telecoms systems.

  • Nationwide Employment Lawyers provide news and comment on employment topics.

  • nearlylegal "housing law news and comment" is a blog by a group of barristers and solicitors experienced in housing and landlord & tenant law. The site provides updates, case reports and comment on housing law and related matters.The archives contain case reports on pretty much every relevant High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords case since 2007, as well as some County Court and Lands Tribunal judgments. They also have updates on statute, links to other resources and a page of housing news feeds from other sites.

  • Neil Cadwallader Property Law draws together useful legal and other information of interest to property professionals of all kinds, especially those based in the North West: lawyers, surveyors, property managers, developers, and landowners. Neil is a commercial barrister specialising in property law from Exchange Chambers in Manchester and he updates the blog every dya or two. There will apparently also be material relating to ADR, mediation and arbitration soon.

  • NIPCLAW is written by barristers Toni Wilson and John Lambert and contains news and comment on English, European and overseas intellectual property,technology, media and entertainment and competition law. John Lambert is the founder and head of NIPC (Northern Intellectual Property Chambers) the first and so far only specialist intellectual property and technology chambers outside London. The blog is intended to update and supplement the chambers site www.nipclaw.com.

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  • Ofcomwatch is an informal group blog commenting on the processes and practices of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) and related media and communications regulation issues both in the United Kingdom and around the world. It "aims to provide an independent, informal, non-partisan, well written, easily readable, occasionally humorous online resource".

  • The Orange Rag comes from legal technolgy guru Charles Christian. It is closely related to Legal Technology Insider, also produced by Charles, but covers topics on an ongoing basis (not just every 2 or 3 weeks, like a printed magazine) and also in a slightly more relaxed style. Well worth reading if you are interested in the technology behind lawyers' offices.

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  • Painsmith Solicitor’s Landlord and Tenant comes from solicitors Painsmith. It describes itself as "A practitioner's landord and tenant blog" and it covers commercial properties as well as domestic ones, with frequent updates and good references to other useful material.

  • The Paisley Snail - Wellmeadow Cafe is an internet meeting place for all those interested in Scots law, citizenship and education - with ginger beer and snails. (This is a reference to the famous Paisley Snail case - see the blog for details!). There is a major effort going on at the moment to get schools (including primary schools) involved in the processes of law in Scotland. There is also a very good selection of Scottish Law links on the site. (Not up to date though).

  • PanGloss is a blog from Lilian Edwards of Southampton University. The blog covers online privacy and security law, cybercrime, online intermediary law (including eBay and Google law), e-commerce and digital property.

  • Pannone provide a series of blogs, all with frequent updates and comments on current cases and developments:

    This is one of the first blogs from a chambers (as distinct from an individual barrister)

  • Panopticon a new blog about Information Law maintained by members of 11KBW’s Information Law Practice Group. Information law is about the right to know, the right to keep private and the boundary between those rights. It encompasses areas such as data protection, freedom of information, the protection of private information under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, breach of confidence, and the regulation of surveillance. The name apparently comes from Jeremy Bentham’s proposed new model prison, in which constant surveillance would be a tool for moral regeneration; it has become an enduring metaphor in debates about the benefits and the dangers of systematic information-gathering.

  • Pensions Talk from Allen & Overy, covers workplace pension plans, where employers and trustees want to know what everyone else is doing, and what to look out for in the day-to-day running of a pension scheme. Here’s a blog to share experience, trends and tips.

  • Personal Injury & Mediation Service is a blog from Personal Injury Mediator Philip Hesketh which provides information on mediation in personal injury litigation. It is aimed primarily at claimant lawyers and defendant insurance lawyers. It will also be of assistance to the general public who may be interested in seeing how mediation works. Philip posts on developments in mediation and will also be adding negotiation posts as well. The site provides links to other useful mediation sites and to online resources in this area generally.

  • PharmaBlawg covers pharmaceutical regulatory issues in Common Law and European Countries. Its purpose is to provide stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector with an alternative source of summaries of and/or comment on judicial, regulatory, legislative and, in some instances, policy developments relevant to the industry. PharmaBlawg is maintained by Richard Best, a dual qualified lawyer (England & Wales, New Zealand) who is also a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Frankfurt, Germany.

  • piBlawg is a collaboration between piCalculator, a site to calculate damages ("Making Ogden Easy") and leading chambers 1 Chancery Lane. The blog provides an up to date commentary on all legal aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence case law and has frequent (and lively) posts from quite a few contributing barristers.

  • PI Brief Update Blog contains news and views in the personal injury world, led by barrister Tim Kevan. The blog is designed to complement the free email newsletter PI Brief Update.

  • Pink Tape is a blog on Family Law from barrister Lucy Reed. She says "I'd like to think the blog can be a useful resource and / or an interesting diversion for other family lawyers and litigants in person and that more generally it might help to put forward a more human face of the bar in general and in particular the family bar. Small aims then!"

  • PJH Law News is a blog from Liam Pike at PJH Law, a specialist employment firm based in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The blog is lively and has frequent postings, often with a nice little picture.

  • Plan-it Law is a new blog from Cambridge firm Mills & Reeve. Members of the planning team discuss current real estate related issues and other topical planning law questions. There are substantial "meaty" posts on a regular basis.

  • Planning Law Blog comes from Martin H Goodall, a Solicitor who has specialised in planning law for more than 30 years. The blog provides Legal Commentary on issues affecting Town & Country Planning and particularly recent changes in planning legislation and judicial rulings in planning cases.

  • practicesource.com (previously excited utterances) comes from Joy London, UK Know-how & Training Manager now working for Kluwers Law International in New York. She concentrates on knowledge management in legal domains, primarily large law firms, but also in-house corporate counsel, law courts, and regulatory agencies. Her blog has a valuable dual focus approach (USA and UK) on KM topics with detailed comments on the web resources available. She also provides an extended link to other legal blogs (mainly USA based).

  • Pupilblog is written by a pupil in a straightforward manner - not going for the big laughs but just describing daily life and issues to be faced.

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  • QED LAW Legal Education is a new information blog produced by Norman Baird. It currently includes research concerning the number of firsts and upper seconds awarded by each of the UK universities. It will be updated regularly with information about legal education and provides a valuable resource for law students - both present and prospective - as well as legal academics and others interested in legal education in the UK.

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  • Rainscourt Family Law of Milton Keynes, provide a blog on their web site written by Katie Rainscourt, on topical divorce matters such as grounds for divorce, maintenance which does (or does not) keep up with inflation, prenuptual agreements and other ongoing topics. It is interesting and does not "talk down" to the readers.

  • I have commented elsewhere on the two important sites offered by Neil Addison, of Palmyra Chambers in Warrington, Cheshire: Harassment Law and Religion Law UK. He now also offers Religion Law blog with comments on cases and religion law issues. He makes the distinction that the Religion Law Website site contains information rather than comment but that the blog enables him to provide his personal viewes. Recent posts include "What do we mean by ‘A Secular Society’" and "How do you solve a problem like Sharia?" - both major essays on the topics concerned.

  • Re Risk is a blog from solicitor Jolyon Patten. Jolyon is a solicitor at Halliwells, specialising in complex commercial issues, with a particular bent towards large reinsurance disputes, professional indemnity claims and general liability issues. The blog is about insurance and reinsurance-related material, together with shipping, and includes articles, case notes and news. There is humour too.

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  • Scots law and legal practice is a blog from Jonathan Mitchell, a Scottish QC from the Murray Stable. Although nominally about Scottish law, his blog does stray into the English system and even the rest of the world!

  • Seddons provide a series of blogs on people (family and private client), property, disputes and enterprise.

  • Shireen Smith, the founder of Azrights Solicitors, covers online trademark, copyright and brand management topics in a blog designed for other lawyers. Recent topics have included "Should lawyers give free advice to attract clients?", "Are multiple sites SEO spam?", and "Twitter Etiquette - Twitiquette". (She also has a blog for business viewers - see above - IP Brands).

  • Simpson Sissons & Brooke blog on family law, divorce, wills, probate, intestacy and related topics.

  • Slater & Gordon's blog is set up to cover many topics, using a search process to identify (say) employment law, family law, personal injury and so on. The blog is lively and well presented. Slater & Gordon was previously Russell Jones & Walker.

  • Social Economy Legal is a new blog which covers the social enterprise and charity sector in Northern Ireland and Britain. It comes from Conor Morgan, a trainee solicitor operating in Belfast. It covers very serious topics like Reform of Industrial & Provident Societies, Charities & Trading Subsidiaries (a series of posts), Social Franchising, Community Interest Companies (CIC's) and Credit Union Reform in Northern Ireland. Not a lot of laughs there but good solid stuff!

  • Spencers Solicitors Blog from personal injury law firm Spencers Solicitors, provides a commentary on personal injury topics from its solicitors, as well as reporting on campaigns for improved safety on the roads and within workplaces.

  • Springhouse Employment Law Blog provides useful information on straightforward employment law topics, designed for small employers. Springhouse are Solicitors in Chichester and Woking.

  • Stephensons is a large firm with 29 Partners and over 300 staff in 5 north west locations. Stephensons Legal Blog provides a series of blogs written by their solicitors and categorised by work type: clinical negligence, consumer law, family law, employment law, motoring offences, personal injury and residential conveyancing. The blogs are kept well up to date with several entries under one or more of the headings every day.

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  • Technollama is a blog that originates from the work of the AHRB Centre for Studies in IP and IT Law, and it provides latest news and commentary about technology law related issues, particularly IP and IT Law. It is light hearted but still informative (there is a nice picture of a llama too). The AHRB Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law is located in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh.

  • The Barrister Blog (Law, Surfing and Politics) comes from barrister and writer Tim Kevan. Tim is also founder of PI Brief Update and Law Brief Update, two free email newsletters coming from a group of mostly barristers to provide brief case reports, free of charge, to solicitors and other interested parties.

  • Building the Circular Economy comes from barrister Jeremy Barnett. He is a fraud barrister who began representing companies (large and small) and individuals in Regulatory and Disciplinary cases approximately 15 years ago. The blog is about designing stuff to 'disassemble' rather than disposal and preventing uncessary use of energy. Some people call it 'cradle to cradle' manufacturing, or C2C, the aim is to encourage reuse of materials or using biodegradable ingrediants rather than landfill. This is a very active blog with lots of entries.

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  • UK Blawg Roundup otherwise known as UK Lawyers' Blog Carnival, or the blog of blogs, is the initiative of a group of lawyers interested in social media (including Tessa Shepperson, Michael Scutt, Brian Inkster, Jon Bloor and Shireen Smith). The blog carnival was set up by Michael Scutt to feature British blawgs (there is also the Blawg Review but this is mainly USA based). The first edition is hosted on Michael Scutts blog and there will be a series of hosts, each with a theme or a special interest.

  • UK Constitutional Law Group (UKCLG) is the British section of the International Association of Constitutional Law. Formed in 2003, the UK Group is an independent association, jointly convened by Andrew Le Sueur and Sebastian Payne. The group runs seminars and conferences and also provides the UK Constitutional Law Group Blog with frequent and detailed posts.

  • UK Criminal Justice Weblog is supported by Rethinking Crime and Punishment and produced in association with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. It covers the latest news about criminal justice issues from around the UK, drawn from media websites, government sources and criminal justice organisations.

  • UK Criminal Law blog was apparently set up by 3 barristers from 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings after a discussion on Twitter concerning inaccurate reports of criminal cases in the press, the lack of public understanding of the criminal justice system and the number of unlawful sentences handed out by the courts. It was noted that many news reports, and consequently discussions had by the public concerning cases of interest, are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the law (and on numerous occasions, inaccurate facts). In addition, it appeared that many solicitors, barristers and even judges, make fundamental errors of law. The site contains a major source of information about the court system and the legal system generally, particularly with respect to criminal law. There are also headnotes from important Court of Appeal and Supreme Court explaining the impact of the decision. Where possible, they also provide the sentencing remarks from the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, together with a short report stating the facts and the outcome.The 3 barristers are all avid followers of 1 Crown Office Row’s UK Human Rights Blog (see below) and sought to replicate just some of the success that their team had enjoyed.

  • UK Employment Law is a blog written by Gustav Patrick, UK employment lawyer at Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors, with information for individuals and companies on major developments in the tribunals, courts and legislation. The overall site in which the blog is embedded provides an overview of the main areas of employment law that affect both employers and employees.

  • UK Human Rights Blog is associated with One Crown Office Row's Human Rights Update, a database of over 1000 reports and commentaries on human rights dating back to 1998 with a weekly update co-ordinated by Chambers Academic Rosalind English. The cases are taken from domestic courts and the Strasbourg court involving human rights points that demonstrate the impact of the European Convention on domestic law and also explores the practical impact of these cases for practitioners. This resource is made available free for all to use (you have to register on site but it is not too intrusive). The blog is written by members of 1 Crown Office Row, for more immediate comment and news. This has grown very rapidly and contains over 1000 posts, has 8000 followers through email and social media and is expected to hit 1 million total “hits” by March 2012. The editorial team consists of Angus McCullough QC, Rosalind English and Adam Wagner and there are frequent sharp-edged postings which are often picked up on by the national press.

  • UK Supreme Court comes from Matrix Chambers and the Litigation Department of Olswang LLP. The authors are solicitors and barristers specialising in litigation and with a particular interest in the work of the House of Lords and the UK Supreme Court. Both Matrix and Olswang were instructed in cases decided by the historic final sitting of the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords in July, and members of Matrix also presented the first case in the Supreme Court when it commenced sitting in October 2009, concerning the legality of UN sanctions regimes which freeze the property and funds of suspected terrorists. The introduction to the blog says "This blog is dedicated to the UK Supreme Court. The UK Supreme Court is the UK's highest court; its judgments bind lower courts and thus shape the development of English Law. Since 1399, the Law Lords, the judges of the most senior court in the country, have sat within Parliament. From October 2009, however, they have moved to an independent court in the Middlesex Guildhall. To mark this historic development, this blog has been set up to provide commentary on the UK Supreme Court and its judgments." There are frequent postings of issues before the Supreme Court.

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  • WardblawG is a law blog or “blawg” showcasing and contributing to Scots and other laws from around the globe. It aims to provide content from the best minds in the Scottish legal profession, while also providing the most recent news relevant to Scots lawyers and businesses both those domiciled in Scotland and those established elsewhere looking to set up or develop their business in Scotland. The blog is written by Gavin Ward, a solicitor, previously employed by a top Scottish law firm, based in Edinburgh, former Citizens Advice Bureau adviser, and private law tutor at the University of Glasgow. The blog also deals with academic legal topics, particularly ones related to Scotland.

  • Washminster is written for everyone interested in the work of Britain's Parliament and the US Congress. (Washington and Westminster - get it?) It covers Practice, Procedure, History and current issues. The blog is written by David Morgan, who tutors in Law for both Leicester University and the Open University.

  • White Rabbit is a blog from criminal lawyer Andrew Keogh. The blog is not mainly about the law however - more a look at some of the idiocies of life (hence the title and the web address). However, Andrew says that the law will doubtless feature soon.

  • Wright Hassall, a major law firm in the Midlands, blogs about a variety of legal matters including corporate and commercial law, medical negligence, property law, and employment law. You can filter the posts shown according to the area of law which interests you.

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  • WikiCrime is a free online encyclopedia designed for collaboration, which everyone can access and edit. It has been set up by Andrew Keogh, of Tuckers Solicitors, who already provides the Crimeline site, itself a major free resource for criminal lawyers. As Andrew Keogh says "This is your unique opportunity to share your knowledge of the criminal justice system with others, for the greater public good. Everyone is entitled to contribute." Anyone (once they have set up an "account" - but it is free and very quick) can search for information or add new information. Whilst this may seem to be anarchy, the wiki automatically keeps a log of changes so the identity of the person making them can be seen and the concept already works very well for the massive and successful Wikipedia (subject to occasional arguments!).

  • Mental Health Law Online is an internet resource on mental health law in England & Wales, primarily for mental health practitioners, to which anyone can contribute. It is constructed as a wiki although the title of the site no longer includes the word. There are three sections to this website:
    i) Caselaw; regularly updated commentaries on the cases, with links to the full text judgments on Bailii. (Bailii contains nearly every judgment, but no specific commentary.)
    ii) Legislation; The full text of, and a simple and up-to-date commentary on, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and related legislation.
    iii) General articles to explain the concepts and terminology used in the caselaw and legislation sections and practical guidance for lawyers.
    To add to the wiki, you have to register (create an "account") but it is free and all lawyers and health care professionals are invited to contribute their knowledge and expertise. The site has been set up by a mental health solicitor. There is now also a SRA-accredited CPD scheme based on the information on the site. Each month there is a multiple-choice questionnaire based on the updates made to the site that month. The CPD scheme is £50 per annum, and can earn a solicitor 12 points.

  • Family Law Wiki has been set up by John Bolch and Jacqui Gilliatt. This is a new project withut a great deal of material yet but there is a well developed structure ready to receive the contributions.
  • Judgepedia is a wiki encyclopedia about America's courts and judges. Its goal is to help readers discover and learn useful information about the court systems and judiciary in the United States. Judgepedia not only has information about the courts in all American states but also biographical information of all state and district judges. Judgepedia is a wiki, which means that anyone can improve it by registering and then editing any article by clicking on the "edit this page" link that appears on every article on Judgepedia. The project commenced in October 2007.

    Irish Legal blogs

  • cearta.ie (the Irish for Rights) is by Eoin O’Dell a Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin. According to Eoin, the blog covers matters of Irish law which make the headlines, or matters of law in which he has a research interest (Contract, Restitution, Freedom of Expression, Media, IT & Cyber law), with some comments on more general areas of law and politics on occasion.

  • Digital Rights Ireland is a blog by a group of lawyers interested in, and defending, Civil, Human and Legal rights in a digital age.

  • Human Rights in Ireland is a group academic blog with a focus on human rights issues in Ireland and on Irish scholarship about human rights theory, practice, law and politics more generally. The primary intention behind this blog is to provide an online arena for discussing issues arising in Ireland in relation to human rights. In addition to this, they cover Irish scholarship on human rights, and international and comparative developments. The regular contributors to this blog are academics, mostly lawyers, who are working either in Ireland or abroad and whose work relates broadly to human rights.

  • Lex Ferenda is by Daithí Mac Síthigh, a graduate student at the Law School, Trinity College Dublin who is writing a PhD on the regulation of 'Web media'. The blog is on cyberlaw, libraries, media and higher education.

  • IT Law in Ireland covers Irish IT law issues with a focus on freedom of expression, privacy and other fundamental rights. The author is TJ McIntyre, Lecturer in the School of Law, University College Dublin. Recent posts include a discussion of whether irish law protects voicemail, the Amnesty International campaign against online censorship, reports that the US Government is pushing for 2 years of internet data retention, Ryanair in the High Court seeking to identify pilots who have anonymously criticised them online and the latest reason to oppose ID cards (innocent people being branded as criminals on government database).

  • Irish Law blog (Updates on Irish and Northern Irish Law) is maintained by Darius Whelan, of University College Cork Law Faculty who also maintains the most important Irish Law Portal Irish Law Links. Darius is also one of the people responsible for Irish Legal Information Initiative - IRLII and its relationship as an information source to BAILII.

  • Michael Monahan of Dublin and Sligo, provides a lively blog on topics relating to personal injury and the Injuries Board.

    Partly UK Blogs

  • Transblawg is a legal translation weblog, designed for legal translators particularly between English and German. The site covers legal developments in the UK and Germany of interest to translators, often in both languages, and is maintained by legal translator Margaret Marks.

    USA and international Blogs

  • blawg describes itself as "Your Source for Law & Legal Related Weblogs" worldwide. It has lists by country as well as a major list of USA law blogs.

  • Blawg Review provides a review of many useful law blogs (mainly US oriented).

  • Ernie the Attorney is the best known USA legal blog, set up by attorney Ernest Svenson. He is really the point of reference for most of the other legal blogs in existence.

  • beSpacific focuses on the expanding resources in the public and private sector related to law and technology news. Daily postings provide updates on issues including copyright, privacy, censorship, the Patriot Act, ID theft, and freedom of information. Although based in the USA, the author, librarian Sabrina I. Pacifici, provides and international perspective.

  • International Family Law is a blog from Jeremy Morley, a New York lawyer but originally from our very own Manchester. He is English-educated with a Japanese wife who has lectured in law in England, USA & Canada. Now however he is focused exclusively on international family law matters. The blog contains longish and well written pieces, not too frequent, on significant topics, e.g. Rights of Custody under the Hague Convention, Rabbinic Courts in Israel, Islamic divorce vs. U.S divorce and English divorce law: Divorced from reality. He also has a main web site for his firm International Family Law Office which is an amazing resource for topics of international divorce, prenuptial agreements and child abduction across many countries.

  • Karel's Legal Blog comes from Karel Frielink, Attorney at Law and Partner at Spigt Dutch Caribbean. The blog covers legal issues relating to Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatia (i.e. the Dutch Caribbean). This is a serious blog looking at Proceedings in various jurisdictions and discussing the issues of litigation involved.

  • Legal Ethics Forum is a serious and extensive law blog on USA legal ethics issues run by three profs from major USA Law Schools. The site is really more than "just" a blog in that it contains references and links to many of the major resources in legal ethics from a USA perspective.

  • What About Clients? is a weblog from US attorney Dan Hull. The prime purpose of his blog relates to Dan's thoughts on servicing business clients as valued customers in American law firms. He believes that the level of service at even the best American law firms is often inattentive and erratic. He is also very interested in encouraging US lawyers (and bloggers) to look at the rest of the world from time to time! For a start he is hoping to be able to compile a list of legal bloggers in Western Europe and to encourage US attorneys to look at these.

    For lots and lots....

  • Yahoo list of USA weblogs.

    Background to these topics

    A blog is a website designed for frequently added news items which can be set up using various templates and where the detailed work of running a website is done for the blogger by the blogging service provider. This enables interesting (or indeed, uninteresting) people to give us their views without delay, generally on a particular topic. There are lots of legal blogs (sometimes called blawgs) in the USA but very few in the UK or Ireland.

    A news feed is the way that you (the end user) can identify the blogs you wish to see and have the latest entries automatically brought to your computer. The process is called RSS (Remote Site Syndication) and you download special software to set this up. The blogger has to provide the information in a particular way to enable this to happen and not all blogs offer this facility. And not all people who read blogs want this information “popping up” on their screen when they are in the middle of doing something else.

    A podcast is an audio programme in MP3 format, designed to be “broadcast” to mobile devices such as the i-pod (whence the name), various PDA’s and smart phones. The programmes can also be downloaded to any modern PC, which provides a method of accessing podcasts for those for whom downloading music and then listening whilst working out at the gym is a skill too far! For real devotees, the process can be automated with RSS so you are notified of all new podcasts and can download them very easily for later consumption. Podcasts have suddenly leapt into the public consciousness because of Ricky Gervais’ recent series of podcasts for the Guardian.

    A video blog (or video cast or vlog) is a short video which the blogger provides on their site and which is downloaded and viewed on the user's computer. There is only one legal video blog that I know of, so far - described under the Human Law blog below.

    A wiki is a free, collaborative, online "database". Anyone can search for information or add new information. Whilst this may seem to be anarchy, the wiki automatically keeps a log of changes so the identity of the person making them can be seen and the concept already works very well for the massive and successful Wikipedia (subject to occasional arguments!). Wikis are here.

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