Internet Newsletter for Lawyers
January/February 2006, by Delia Venables

ISSN 1467 - 3835 © Copyright retained by Delia Venables and respective authors 2006

Hot Topics for 2006 by Delia Venables

Microsoft's Sharepoint - what is it and what can it do for you? by Alastair Morrison

Online Legal Services - what the big firms are doing by Nick Holmes

Home Information Packs by Rob Hailstone

BAILII seeks historic data by Joe Ury

Will Microsoft Rule the World?
Why I use Firefox by Andrew Barrett
Why I use Apple Mac by Stephen Mason

Do you really need case management for conveyancing? by Gordon Hewstone

Virtual Lawyers - how far can they go? by Alex Heshmaty

New approaches to delivering information online
Blogging for Lawyers by Justin Patten
Podcasting for Lawyers by Tony Fisher
Telephone/Web Seminars by Daniel Barnett

Irish Extra
How electronic resources affect a library by Jane Clavin

Advertisements in the Newsletter:
Justis - no more photocopying cases for court
Weekly Law Reports now on Westlaw UK
Shouldn't Lawtel be part of your day?
DeadMan's Handle - stops data theft in its tracks
Lawyers Online - new 24MB Broadband available
WestlawUK Intellectual Property
Biographical Information on Business People, from biogs
LEX Connect - for strategic practice management

Internet Newsletter for Lawyers - subscription details

Delia's Training Courses - with CPD

Whither the Legal Web? - a new e-book by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables (with CPD).

Please see also the Overall Index by Subject Groupings covering approximately the last 3 years

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    LEX Connect from Ark Group - an exclusive forum for strategic practice management
    27 - 28 February 2006, Grange City Hotel, London

    LEX Connect is an exclusive, invitation-only business strategy and solutions forum for UK and mainland European Managing Partners, and other senior decision makers who are currently involved in projects to improve the operational efficiency of their firms.

    The event has been developed through extensive research with our Managing Partner Magazine subscribers to ensure that the current issues they need to know to manage their businesses effectively and most importantly, profitably, are addressed.

    This is an invitation-only event, where delegates are pre-selected based on their seniority and purchasing ability. Delegate places are limited to 70. Ark Group ensures that you will meet uniformly high-ranking professionals, all of whom are facing similar issues. This ensures a productive two days out of the office, with plenty of networking and brainstorming opportunities.

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    WestlawUK Intellectual Property

    Leading commentary from Copinger & Skone Jones on Copyright, Kerly's Law of Trade Marks and Trade Names and Terrell on the Law of Patents - an indispensable source for any intellectual property lawyer.

    Key benefits include these:

  • Seamless searching and cross-referencing throughout the text
  • Fully consolidated legislation, in the full text and updated weekly
  • Hypertext links from extensive case law commentary through to the full text report of over 2000 decisions from the EPO, UK courts and Comptroller General
  • The Official Patent Office Forms in PDF format - available to view, print and save
  • Annual supplements available online - up-to-date, authoritative comment on the latest developments, fully cross referenced with related case law and legislation
  • Online format - direct access to the C.I.P.A. Guide to the Patents Act whenever and wherever you are.

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    Biographical Information on Business People from biogs

    The RESEARCH service at biogs exploits a vast range of publicly accessible biographical information sources on business people and other notable individuals including lawyers. Our sources include access to over 500 Who's Who directories along with many other printed reference works, both in-house and external online databases, archived websites, official documents, thousands of indexed press releases and a wide variety of hard-to-find "grey" material.
  • QUICKREF includes access to over 500 Who's Who publications
  • MONITORING - tracking corporate intelligence via business people
  • EXECSEARCH - additional background information on candidates
  • LEGALMOVES - a twice monthly current awareness newsletter tracking lawyers and other professional staff as they move positions within the legal marketplace. Readers of Internet Newsletter for Lawyers are offered an exclusive discount of 20% on the first year for subscriptions taken out during the month of January 2006. Please deduct 20% from the rates shown on our website.

    We are keen for you to try our research services. All first enquiries are charged at half our normal rate of £90 + VAT per hour. For more information on all these services, visit, email or phone 01732 358861.

    Whither the Legal Web?
    A new e-book by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables - with CPD

    Two of the UK's best known independent legal website authors, commentators and publishers have come together to describe where the legal web is today and where it is going.

    Whither the Legal Web? is published as an e-book (in pdf) and is designed for use in any of three ways:

    • reading on screen, with live links to follow up on areas of interest
    • printing off in sections for armchair reading
    • as an online course qualifying for CPD from the Bar Council and the Law Society of England and Wales
    The e-book is published in two parts, with practical articles written by Nick and Delia and other leading experts in their fields.

    Part 1: Legal Information

    Part 1 covers the public provision of law on the web and ongoing initiatives to improve it: BAILII and the Statute Law Database, EU Law and the Europa site, the UK Parliament, e-Government, access to justice, devolved parliaments and legislation, FOI and public sector information, how legal publishing is developing and new technologies for accessing legal information on the web such as law blogs, webfeeds and wikis.

    Part 2: Legal Practice

    Part 2 covers the way that the web has affected Legal Practice and will continue to affect it. The opening article is by leading legal commentator Charles Christian on the transformation of communication. This is followed by articles on managing email, electronic signatures, a virtual law firm, a virtual chambers, practice developments made possible by the internet, e-government, harnessing web resources for knowledge management, web marketing for law firms, web marketing for chambers, selling legal services online (including for the corporate client), new risks, e-conveyancing and pro bono on the web.

    CPD course

    You can use the e-book as a course, at your convenience, with a straight forward test at the end to qualify for the CPD. You can see the Questions for Part 1 and Questions for Part 2 although you will not be able to answer them and obtain the CPD unless you have purchased the e-book or you are using a multiple use licence purchased by your organisation. The questions will change from time to time.


    Each part costs £40 plus VAT and includes the use, by one person, of the e-book as a course, qualifying for 5 CPD points per part. Both parts, if purchased together now, cost £60 plus VAT (Part 2 will be available in September).

    A multiple use licence, suitable for organisations with several people likely to use the e-book and including the licence for up to 5 people to take the course, costs £100 plus VAT for each part or £150 plus VAT for both parts purchased together now.

    You can access further details and purchase the e-book here. Purchasing is by secure credit card processing and allows immediate access to the e-book. If you do not wish to pay by credit card, other payment methods can also be accommodated on the infolaw site.

    This e-book is another "first" on the UK legal web for Nick and Delia!

    Between them Nick and Delia have accounted for many UK legal web firsts over the last 10 years:
    • the first legal portal in the UK came from Nick in early 1995 and Delia provided the second in mid 1995
    • the first online accredited CPD course Delia's Guide to the Internet for Lawyers in 1996
    • the first newsletter about the legal internet Delia's Internet Newsletter for Lawyers in 1996
    • the first book about the legal web Researching the Legal Web, Butterworths 1997, by Nick and Delia
    • the first web version of a printed publication Delia's Internet Newsletter for Lawyers in 1999
    • the first online forms service, Nick's infolaw Formfinder, and then the comprehensive Lawfinder in 2001
    • one of the first UK legal weblogs and the first legal metadata webfeed from Nick in 2004

    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' Courses (with CPD)

    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. Multiple Use licences last for 1 year. All these courses provide very low cost CPD - and they are good fun too! I update the courses about every 6 months, so they are always current.

    Note - as of January 1st 2006, all these courses require a simple test in order to claim the CPD. This is because of increasingly stringent requirements from the Bar Council and the Law Society. Note that these questions are not on substantive issues of the law but are straightforward questions about the topics and sites described in the materials. You can print out the questions beforehand and keep them by you as you read the materials.

    Beginners' Guide to the Internet for Lawyers

    This consists of 2 parts - a substantial Introductory Section which you read in an armchair or on a train, and the Online 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. You can claim 8 hours CPD from the English Law Society or the Bar Council.

    Price is £60 plus VAT for the single user licence and £120 plus VAT for the Intranet/Multiple User version i.e. anyone in the organisation can use the material and obtain the CPD hours.
    Or 100 euros for the individual licence and 180 euros for the Intranet/Multiple Use licence.

    If you have direct web access, there is more 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 and the Bar Council.

    Cost is £50 plus VAT for an individual licence or £120 plus VAT for an Intranet/Multiple Use licence, i.e. anyone in the organisation can use the material and obtain the CPD hours.
    Or 80 euros for the individual licence and 180 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 and the Bar Council. You can take the two sets of Advanced Studies in either order and claim separate CPD - they cover different topics.

    Cost is £50 plus VAT for an individual licence or £120 plus VAT for an Intranet/Multiple Use licence, i.e. anyone in the organisation can use the material and obtain the CPD hours.
    Or 80 euros for the individual licence and 180 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 £50 plus VAT but, if you buy both sets together, the total cost will be only £80 plus VAT. For the Intranet/Multiple Use licence for these products, both sets together will cost £200 plus VAT instead of £120 each.

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