Internet Newsletter for Lawyers
January/February 2004, by Delia Venables

Another in the series on publishers, movers and shakers online

The Estates Gazette Group
by Joanne Tenhave

The Estates Gazette Group has supplied news and information to the property industry and the legal sector for almost 150 years. It is owned by the Anglo-Dutch publisher Reed Elsevier, which has four divisions: science and medical, legal, education and business to business. The latter includes Reed Business Information (RBI), the UK's leading provider of business information and market solutions.

RBI has a portfolio of market-leading publications, directories, electronic products and online services, including the products managed by the Estates Gazette Group. The group (www.estatesgazettegroup.com) has around 160 employees based both in London and in regional offices. Its various publications, including hard-copy products and electronic services, aim to be the first choice for property information.

The flagship title, Estates Gazette, was first published in 1858, and quickly established a reputation as the leading publication for property professionals. The magazine has become essential reading for all those involved in the sale, purchase and development of commercial property, and is now read by more than 100,000 people each week. Estates Gazette offers unrivalled coverage of commercial property issues. It provides comprehensive news and analysis, together with technical and legal information. The practice and law section contains authoritative commentary and advice on legal developments. In addition, the full transcript of a property law case is published each week, and is usually accompanied by two summaries of recent, significant decisions.

EGi and EGi Legal

The online subscription service EGi (www.egi.co.uk) was launched in 1996. The website now has in excess of 19,000 subscribers who access a range of different products, including a specialised legal service, that are tailored to the property professional. The EGi core service delivers in-depth news reporting "live" throughout the day from EGi's dedicated team of journalists, together with a comprehensive deals database, access to the Estates Gazette archive, a Who's Who directory and a companies database.

EGi Legal (www.egi.co.uk/legal) is a separate, specialised service that offers detailed legal information on property issues. This aims to provide wide-ranging coverage of property law issues, including landlord and tenant, planning, compulsory purchase and leasehold enfranchisement. EGi Legal is a valuable research and analysis tool, not only for lawyers but for anyone who needs to keep up to date with all aspects of property law. Subscribers include Top 10 law firms, leading barristers' chambers, chartered surveyors, developers and local authorities. The service has more than 9,000 users. EGi Legal incorporates an archive of Estates Gazette Law Reports and Planning Law Reports from their inception in 1975 and 1988 respectively. In addition, a team of court reporters based in the Royal Courts of Justice summarise the latest property law decisions. Up to 10 case summaries and 40 news items are added to the site each week, all of which are carefully selected to provide indispensable legal information for property professionals.

EGi Legal also includes a database of property statutes and statutory instruments, as well as an archive of every property law article that has appeared in Estates Gazette from 1986. These articles are not available from any other source. The service incorporates a number of additional features, such as a claims database, access to EGi news and summaries from the national and regional press, the Who's Who directory and the companies database.

Free Services from EGi

EGi offers a limited range of services to guests, including short summaries of national press news items and details of properties for sale and lease (courtesy of EGPropertyLink). Non-subscribers can also access Practice Points (www.egi.co.uk/practicepoints.asp), which is a free service providing practical comments on topical issues and recent judgments affecting property law. Anyone interested in electronic conveyancing may like to take a look at Propert-e, another free website (www.egi.co.uk/propert-e). This has been developed in conjunction with Wragge & Co to supply comprehensive news and analysis on the development of e-conveyancing.

Other Estates Gazette Group Services

The group also offers a number of other products. Europroperty is a monthly publication providing a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the European property market. It incorporates news, including details of the latest lettings and investment transactions, information on legal and fiscal regulations, and analyses of the key issues affecting Europe's property markets. It also offers in-depth reports on pan-European investors and developers, regional surveys and new data on property markets worldwide. In addition, the group publishes EGPropertyLink.com, which is a free commercial property listings service covering the UK and Ireland. At least 100,000 people visit the site each month, accessing more than one million pages. EGPropertyLink powers the commercial property search screens of 95+ commercial property websites throughout the UK and Ireland.

"The internet has revolutionised the way in which publishers such as Estates Gazette have been able to satisfy the needs of the markets it serves," said Jim Muttram, publishing director of the Estates Gazette Group. "As early pioneers, we have enjoyed a head-start in these developments and today offer a huge range of information and services to our customers."

Joanne Tenhave is the assistant manager of EGi Legal.
Email Joanne.Tenhave@egi.co.uk.

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