Internet Newsletter for Lawyers
May/June 2004, by Delia Venables

ISSN 1467 - 3835 © Copyright retained by Delia Venables and respective authors 2004

RSS: how to pull the news that matters by Nick Holmes

Traditional Legal Publishing - Inevitable Decline?

  • Riposte from Matthew Rowe of LexisNexis UK
  • Riposte from Julie Stott of Sweet & Maxwell
  • Contribution from a legal librarian (who prefers to remain anonymous)

    The Paperless Office by Peter Garsden

    Outsourcing and Off-shoring for Lawyers using the Internet by Sunil Radia

    Running a Virtual Law Firm by Andrew Woolley

    Ongoing series on publishers, movers and shakers online
    WordWave - to the Courtroom and Beyond by Sarah Andrews

  • E-Commerce Law Developments by Kolvin Stone

    Debate on the "Pay as you Convey" model for conveyancing online

  • Martin MacDuff of ConveyanceLink
  • Dominic Cullis of Easy Convey

    Two Important New Research Tools - JustCite and Lawlinker

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    IT for the Legal Profession from Ark Group
    Lawfinder from infolaw... now with Lawlinker

    Information on the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers and Training Materials

  • Please see also the Overall Index by Subject Groupings covering the last 2 years.

    Delia Venables
    10 Southway Lewes
    Sussex BN7 1LU
    phone and fax - 01273 472424
    email - delia@venables.co.uk

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    See also...
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    See also short editorial on this, here.


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    Internet Newsletter for Lawyers

    Prices are:
    • 40 plus 3.50p VAT for normal subscribers - a printed copy and access to the online version.
    • 70 plus 12.25 VAT for Firms/Chambers/Universities with Intranets or multiple online access; this includes a printed copy.
    Or 65 euros for the individual licence and 110 euros for the Intranet/Multiple Use licence.

    You will always find the address of the web version of the Newsletter on the front of the printed version, in the left hand column - all subscribers are welcome to use this!

    Delia Venables' Training Materials

    I now offer a complete range of training materials - a Beginners Guide and two sets of Advanced Studies. Each course involves printed material as well as online sessions, using a passworded area of my website. You do these in your own time. Each course can be purchased either in a single user version or in the multiple user/intranet version, allowing everyone in the organisation to take the course and obtain the CPD from the Law Society or the Bar Council. Very low cost CPD - and good fun too! I update the courses every 2 or 3 months, both the printed version and the online materials, so they are always current.

    Beginners' Guide to the Internet for Lawyers

    This consists of 2 parts - the initial "Guide" which you read in an armchair or on a train, and the "Tutorials" which you carry out seated at a computer with an Internet connection. The full text of the Tutorials is available in a passworded area of my web site. CPD is available - 8 hours for the English Law Society, 8 hours for the Bar Council and 5 hours for the Scottish Law Society.

    Price is 50 plus VAT for the single user licence and 100 plus VAT for the Intranet/Multiple User version i.e. anyone in the organisation can use the material and obtain the CPD hours.
    Or 75 euros for the individual licence and 150 euros for the Intranet/Multiple Use licence.

    If you have direct web access, there is information about the Guide and Tutorials here.

    First Set of Advanced Internet Studies for Lawyers

    Five Internet Studies for experienced Internet users exploring topics with legal relevance. The Studies cover:

  • Parliament and the Legislative Process
  • Government Online
  • Free Sources for Legal Research Online
  • Publishers' Sources for Legal Research Online
  • Selling Legal Services Online

    The Studies qualify for 5 CPD hours from the Law Society for England & Wales under the "Distance Learning" category, i.e. the work can be done in your own time. The Bar Council also accepts the Studies for 5 CPD hours.

    Cost is 40 plus VAT for an individual licence or 100 plus VAT for an Intranet/Multiple Use licence, i.e. anyone in the organisation can use the material and obtain the CPD hours.
    Or 60 euros for the individual licence and 140 euros for the Intranet/Multiple Use licence.
    If you have direct web access, there are more details here.

    Second Set of Advanced Internet Studies for Lawyers

    Five More Internet Studies for experienced Internet users exploring topics with legal relevance. The Studies cover:
  • Legal Sites in Europe and particularly Ireland
  • Legal Sites across the World
  • Specifically Scottish Sites
  • Marketing Legal Services on the Web
  • Legal Resources Provided by Barristers

    The Studies qualify for 5 CPD hours from the Law Society for England & Wales under the "Distance Learning" category, i.e. the work can be done in your own time. The Bar Council also accepts the Studies for 5 CPD hours. You can take the two sets of Advanced Studies in either order - they cover different topics.

    Cost is 40 plus VAT for an individual licence or 100 plus VAT for an Intranet/Multiple Use licence, i.e. anyone in the organisation can use the material and obtain the CPD hours.
    Or 60 euros for the individual licence and 140 euros for the Intranet/Multiple Use licence.
    If you have direct web access, there are more details here.

    Special offer for the two Sets of Advanced Internet Studies for Lawyers

    Each set qualifies for 5 CPD hours - they cover different material and you can get CPD (Law Society or Bar Council) on either or both of these.

    Usually, each set costs 40 plus 7 VAT but, if you buy both sets together, the total cost will be only 60 plus 10.50 VAT. For the Intranet/Multiple Use licence for these products, both sets together will cost 150 plus VAT instead of 100 each.

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