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driving defences dot com Driving defences is the motoring law website from Hammond Trotter solicitors which contains useful information regarding UK driving law including free PDF guides on common court room mistakes in traffic and drink drive cases. There is also a blog covering topical motoring law news.

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

This page was last updated on October 16th.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 along with other associated characters. The stories he tells appeared on The Times online for three years and The Guardian online for two years and also led to him getting two book deals with Harry Potter’s publisher Bloomsbury: Law and Disorder and Law and Peace. BabyBarista is written by Tim Kevan who practised at the Bar for ten years. There are great cartoons by Alex Williams.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Clutton Cox host a series of blogs on their web site on different aspects of conveyancing, housing, estate agency, landlord and tenance, probate and wills.

  • Conscious Solutions Blog comes from a lively firm in legal IT/marketing headed by David Gilroy and called Conscious Solutions. The blog is run as a team with posts from different members of the company on various topics from SEO to social media to technical issues and the occasional story about their orange dogs.

  • Contact Law Legal Blog covers 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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).

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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.

  • Employment Law blog from Mason Bullock, a firm of solicitors in Northampton and Coventry. The blog provides regular postings about employment law, settlement agreements and general guidance for small 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.

  • Employment Law Update is the blog of Philip Henson, head of employment law and partner at City of London solicitors DKLM LLP. 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 Tribunal Claims (etclaims.co.uk) is a blog from Naomi Cunningham and Michael Reed. 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.

  • Family Law In Partnership is an informative blog about divorce, children in divorce situations, when to consider collaborative law, special risks in international abduction, topics of jurisidiction. (The blog is at the bottom of this page, below the "News" section.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Forbes Solicitors have a blog covering both personal law and commercial law.

  • Free Movement Immigration Law Blog is written by members of the immigration team at Garden Court Chambers in London. It provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law.

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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 over 17 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.

  • 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 has been covering copyright, patent, trade mark, info-tech and privacy/confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective since 2003. The team is David Brophy, Birgit Clark, Merpel, Jeremy Phillips, Eleonora Rosati, Darren Smyth, Annsley Merelle Ward and Neil J. Wilkof. This is 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 now retired but still posts occasionally.

  • 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."
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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 Shoosmiths Solicitors. It is an extensive and thought provoking blog about the future of digital media.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Legal Jobs and Recruitment - frequent 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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    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.

  • 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).

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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 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.

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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 actually a set of blogs covering many topics, including employment law, family law, personal injury and so on.

  • 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. Jeremy also deals with other areas of his specialist practice - climate change, future internet and data protection and solicitors and accountants disciplinary work. A rather ecletic collection of articles, but the theme that runs through them is regulatory law in the modern world. x

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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 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.

  • Wealth Lawyer is provided by Helena Luckhurst, a Partner in Fladgate LLP, who specialises in advising British and overseas families and entrepreneurs who want to protect their wealth and successfully pass it down to the next generation. The blog is aimed at non-lawyer family wealth advisers including accountants, bankers and wealth managers. Its purpose is to raise awareness of tips, traps and new developments concerning legal wealth planning issues that crop up in this field.

  • 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.

    Wikis

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

    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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