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Internet Newsletter for Lawyers Internet Newsletter for Lawyers - January/February 2015 issue

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hot air balloon Legal Sites and Resources for Lawyers - A to Z
Last updated on February 17th.
Scottish... Welsh... Northern Irish... Irish
logo saying NEW The best new sites on the legal web
Last updated on February 27th 2015.
Interested in the "History of New"? See these: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
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searching logo Legal Research Services (Publishers) Online
Last updated January 30th.
Gateways, Professional Societies, Portals
mobile device Free Case Law..... Current Awareness Sources
Free legal resources provided by Solicitors and by Barristers
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barrister's wig Chambers in England & Wales Last updated February 27th.
Direct Access to Barristers (Public Access) ... Feb 20th.
IT and Marketing Services for Chambers ... Jan 5th.
mouth, speaking Legal Transcription Services..... Last updated Feb 8th.
Equipment for Digital Dictation and Scanning... Jan 14th. scales of justice Outsourcing, hosted systems and the cloud... Feb 6th
jobs Legal Jobs and Recruitment Companies
Last updated on January 19th.
web sites Web Site Design, Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Content. Last updated on February 11th.
Social Media for Lawyers Last updated Nov. 2nd.
classroom scene Organisations providing CPD for Lawyers.
Last updated on January 17th.
Delia and Nick's own CPD courses
computer with software Legal Software, IT and Consultancy...Feb 17th.
Legal Software in Ireland and digital dictation... Jan 14th.
Outsourcing, hosted systems, cloud systems... Feb 6th.
expert witness sign Expert Witnesses - Registers
Last updated on February 6th.
pound sign Selling Legal Services & Documents Online and Referral sites
Last updated on December 23rd.
Sellick Partnership Recruitment Specialists - 10 years of excellence Sellick Partnership are experts in finding permanent, locum and contract legal jobs for professionals throughout the UK. Our friendly, consultative approach ensures we match up candidates with the right job for them and their new employer. View our current legal vacancies, register your CV, or sign up for daily legal job alerts.
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Europe, USA, Canada, Australia...
newspapers Legal News, Newsletters and Journals online
Last updated on Feb 16th.
house Property, Property Law and Conveyancing
Last updated on February 13th.
mouth, speaking Blogs, News Feeds, Podcasts, Video Blogs and Wikis
Last updated on February 15th.
shaking hands in agreement Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)... Jan 22nd.
Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) ...Feb 26th.
Collaborative Law (Family Mediation)...Jan 28th.
washingmachine Money Laundering Regulations and Compliance generally
Last updated on January 30th.
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The Legal Internet

A Series of Publications for Training Purposes
and for Keeping Up To Date
by Delia Venables

Information about the site and about my experience are given here.

For any problems with marking the questions relating to the courses, or information on the occasional period when I am not going to be marking, please see the Problems and Delays Page.

logo saying NEW Internet Newsletter for Lawyers - January/February 2015 issue
  • Timothy Hill of The Law Society considers how technology can improve access to justice even in hard times
  • Judith Townend from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies introduces the new Centre for Law and Information Policy
  • Paul Richmond of Richmond Chambers describes the way that technology is supporting his barrister-only ABS
  • Catherine Bailey of Bar Marketing helps us get to know the Google Analytics service and the facilities it offers
  • Mark Gould of Mark Gould Consulting describes how he uses social media for professional and personal development (first of a series)
  • Allan Carton and Frank Manning of InPractice explain the options for cloud computing and how the whole infrastructure is changing
  • Alex Heshmaty of Legal Words describes some of the most useful apps for lawyers
  • Short updates on The Big Advice Survey and CPD changes for 2015
  • Glenda Harding of Kaplan Altior describes the new undergraduate level legal apprenticeship (Newsletter Feature)
  • Richard Hugo-Hamman of LEAP on The paperless office: dream or reality? 5 practical tips to make it happen (Newsletter Feature)
  • Guide to Legal Web Resources 2014 - a course for barristers and solicitors by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables.
    You can gain 5 CPD hours from the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.
    You can still take these courses in 2015 - we are fully accredited for 2015. For BSB, our new CPD Provider ID number is 1277.
  • Analysis of the most important legal commentaries available online, provided free by chambers and publishers
  • Justice resources from Government are moving to GOV.UK; where the most important legal resources are right now
  • Electronic signatures and electronic evidence; understanding how they work; legal concepts of authenticity and reliability
  • An analysis of the legislative and case law resources on Eur-Lex, the EU Commission’s ongoing project to bring together EU law
  • A description of the most important European institutions and legal resources online
  • Legal news and resources in the USA; and search processes for finding worldwide legal resources for just about anywhere
  • How lawyers can learn languages online (for free) and the many language resources available for lawyers
  • A review of the most useful internet skills used by lawyers and a particular study of the benefits of RSS
  • Guide to Legal Web Issues 2014 - a course for barristers and solicitors by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables.
    You can gain 5 CPD hours from the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.
    You can still take these courses in 2015 - we are fully accredited for 2015. For BSB, our new CPD Provider ID number is 1277.
  • Media law issues: the future of privacy and data protection in a global world and the legal framework around contempt of court
  • The issues which will determine the future of digital copyright, and the relationship of copyright, fair use and the advance of culture
  • Finding images online is relatively simple, but working out which images are covered by copyright and which can be used is difficult
  • Is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) just a jungle or are there issues of ethics and regulation which should be applied?
  • Digital currencies (cryptocurrencies), particularly Bitcoin, and the benefits and risks of using them
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an amazing advance of technology but it makes life difficult for SysAdmins
  • What is Big Data? And what can the Big Data revolution do for law?
  • How law reporting is developing in response to the changing needs of practitioners as well as changes in technology
  • Social Media and eBusiness for Solicitors 2014 - a new course for solicitors by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables.
    You can gain 5 CPD hours from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (not the BSB).
  • Introduction to the main types of social media used in a business context and a social media glossary
  • Key social media platforms in more detail - Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter - and how to make the most of them
  • How to design your website as a marketing tool first and a thing of beauty second
  • The importance of local marketing and SEO - do not lose your potential local clients to far off rival firms!
  • How to monitor what is being said about you on social media and what to do about it (it's not easy)
  • Google Hummingbird and other (constantly changing) algorithms from Google. How much should you worry about them?
  • A firm that has set up an e-commerce site selling business documents describes how they did it
  • A firm that has developed online HR software to sell to firms and to other lawyers describes how they did it
  • No longer being sold, but included here for reference
    Legal Web Developments 2013 a course for barristers and solicitors by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables
    (Re-accredited for 2014). You can gain 5 CPD hours from the Bar Standards Board or the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
  • Keeping up to date with legislation and case law - contributions from several independent legal publishers
  • Developments in government online - getting to grips with the (ever changing) GOV.UK
  • Developments in justice online - the Justice web site and developments in online dispute resolution
  • Key legal resources for all lawyers - and also specific resources in criminal, family, property and civil
  • Getting the most from technology and the web, with DropBox, Surface, Skype, Google Drive and Chromebook
  • No longer being sold, but included here for reference
    Legal Web Issues 2013 a course for barristers and solicitors by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables
    (Re-accredited for 2014). You can gain 5 CPD hours from the Bar Standards Board or the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
  • Information law issues and press regulations (for web publishers and bloggers)
  • Cloud computing issues - particularly data protection issues - do not let the hype cloud your judgment
  • Digital media issues - themes shaping the legal agenda
  • Social media and the courts and the misuse of social media by employees
  • Access to judgments, efforts to bring the statute book up to date and the "Good Law" initiative
  • No longer being sold, but included here for reference
    Solicitors and the Internet 2013 - a course for solicitors by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables (all new material).
  • Competition in the legal market – new “brands” and groups of firms as well as DIY Law and Direct Access Barristers.
  • Some innovative ways to improve the way that a firm runs the “business” by using client feedback effectively, re-engineering the work process and becoming at least a bit virtual.
  • Ways to improve a firm’s web site by being accessible to different types of device and by using news pages and blogs.
  • How Pay Per Click works and whether you can afford it; and whether solicitors can learn something from retailers.
  • Practical issues of cloud systems for lawyers – how and when to get into the cloud and issues to consider.
  • Cloud systems used by everyone (not just lawyers).
  • No longer being sold, but included here for reference
    Developments in the Legal Web 2012 - a CPD course for barristers and solicitors by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables.
    You can gain 5 CPD hours from the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.
  • Developments in case law online
  • Developments in open justice
  • Development of Public Access – how successful has it been so far?
  • Keeping up with tech, media and IP law
  • Getting the most from technology and the web
  • No longer being sold, but included here for reference
    Legal Web Issues 2012 - a CPD course for barristers and solicitors by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables.
    You can gain 5 CPD hours from the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board.
  • Web law (e-commerce, domain name) issues
  • Digital media and IP Issues
  • Social media and the law
  • eBooks for law – formats and options
  • Accessible law – up to date? and legal apps
  • computer with software Work Out What Legal Software You Need! I have been a computer consultant giving advice to lawyers for quite a few years and a creator and editor of various publications related to the Internet for Lawyers. Details of my experience are given here. I have spent a great deal of time looking at software for lawyers - particularly solicitors. I feel that I have a pretty good idea of what software works, and what does not work, for solicitors. This section includes descriptions of all the key software for lawyers.
    These courses are no longer being sold, but are included here for reference:
  • Solicitors and the Internet 2012 (just for solicitors)
  • Legal Web Resources 2011 (for solicitors and barristers)
  • Legal Web Issues 2011 (for solicitors and barristers)
  • Making the Most of the Legal Web 2011 (for solicitors only)
  • Information about Delia Venables, Computer Consultant for Lawyers and writer on the legal internet.
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