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Internet Newsletter for Lawyers Internet Newsletter for Lawyers - November/December 2014 issue

Welcome page WELCOME to products, services, books and events for lawyers

hot air balloon Legal Sites and Resources for Lawyers - A to Z
Last updated on November 10th.
Scottish... Welsh... Northern Irish... Irish
logo saying NEW The best new sites on the legal web
Last updated on November 21st 2014.
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 October 6th.
Gateways, Professional Societies, Portals
mobile device Free Case Law..... Current Awareness Sources
Free legal resources provided by Solicitors and by Barristers
logo saying NEW Legal Apps for Lawyers and Legal Apps for Individuals
barrister's wig Chambers in England & Wales Last updated Sep 28th.
Direct Access to Barristers (Public Access) ... Nov 21st.
IT and Marketing Services for Chambers ... Aug 9th.
mouth, speaking Legal Transcription Services..... Last updated Oct 19th.
Equipment for Digital Dictation and Scanning... Sep 16th. scales of justice Outsourcing, hosted systems and the cloud... Nov. 6th
jobs Legal Jobs and Recruitment Companies
Last updated on September 25th.
web sites Web Site Design, Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Content. Last updated on October 28th.
Social Media for Lawyers Last updated Nov. 2nd.
classroom scene Organisations providing CPD for Lawyers.
Last updated on November 2nd.
Delia and Nick's own CPD courses
computer with software Legal Software, IT and Consultancy...Sep 25th.
Legal Software in Ireland and digital dictation... Nov 11th.
Outsourcing, hosted systems, cloud systems... Nov 11th.
expert witness sign Expert Witnesses - Registers
Last updated on August 27th.
pound sign Selling Legal Services & Documents Online and Referral sites
Last updated on November 22nd.
Accuro - Professional Transcription Company Accuro are a transcription services company who specialise in legal transcription outsourcing.
'The typing is of an extremely high standard and all of the staff are approachable, helpful and extremely efficient... my only wish is that we had installed Accuro several years ago'.
Partner, MSB Solicitors.
globe Legal Resources in Other Countries
Europe, USA, Canada, Australia...
newspapers Legal News, Newsletters and Journals online
Last updated on Nov 10th.
house Property, Property Law and Conveyancing
Last updated on October 16th.
mouth, speaking Blogs, News Feeds, Podcasts, Video Blogs and Wikis
Last updated on October 24th.
shaking hands in agreement Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)... Aug 9th.
Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) ...Aug 17th.
Collaborative Law (Family Mediation)...Nov 18th.
washingmachine Money Laundering Regulations and Compliance generally
Last updated on October 17th.
New Law Journal

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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 - November/December 2014 issue
  • Chris Davidson of Moore Legal Technology describes the concept of "content marketing" and gives some basic rules
  • Ann Hemming of LexisNexis describes how web technologies can improve document production processes
  • Daniel Kidd of Michael Lewin Solicitors shows how to set up customer review services and incorporate them on your site
  • Natalie Hearn of Matrix Chambers describes the new Matrix International brand and website
  • Paul Bernal reviews the situation 6 months on from the Google Spain "Right to forget" ruling
  • Alex Heshmaty of Legal Words looks at wearable technology and how it can be used by lawyers
  • Delia Venables reviews world-wide legal sites and how to use these to find legal resources in a less well known country
  • Thomson Reuters describes FindLaw UK: strategies for solicitors’ website success: visibility, design and content
  • Alistair King of Justis describes a new standard in legal research
  • logo saying NEW 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
  • logo saying NEW Guide to Legal Web Resources 2014 - a new 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.
  • 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
  • logo saying NEW Guide to Legal Web Issues 2014 - a new 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.
  • 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
  • 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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