Internet Newsletter for Lawyers
March/April 2007, by Delia Venables

Who needs an IT Department? (outsourcing IT) by Steven Bradley
Further note on outsourcing IT - for solicitors by Delia Venables

Networking LIIs: how free access to law fits together by Graham Greenleaf, Andrew Mowbray and Philip Chung

Fee-earner profiles on your web site by Alison Hunt

Wiki at work by Paul Robertson

The influence of the internet on law firm graduate recruitment by Matthew Broadbent

Web 2.0 and privacy: risks and solutions by Eduardo Ustaran

The best web sites from individual barristers offering free (and useful) information by Delia Venables

The law wiki dream by Nick Holmes

ISSN 1467 - 3835 © Copyright 2007

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CPD courses from Delia Venables
Beginners Guide to the Internet for Lawyers
First Set of Advanced Internet Studies for Lawyers
Second Set of Advanced Internet Studies for Lawyers

e-books with CPD from Nick Holmes and Delia Venables
Whither the Legal Web?
Changing Practice for Barristers
Web Tools for Lawyers

Internet Newsletter for Lawyers
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Overall Index by Subject Groupings covering approximately the last 3 years
Note from Delia: I am delighted to tell you that Nick Holmes will be joining me as joint editor of this newsletter from the May/June issue onwards. Nick is already well known to readers for his interesting and well researched articles on the provision of legal information in the UK. He is joint author, with me, of the series of e-books with CPD we call The Legal Web. He set up the very first UK independent legal web portal www.infolaw.co.uk in 1995 (beating me by a few months) and he is Managing Director of the electronic publishing and consultancy firm infolaw Limited. He also writes the Binary Law Blog www.binarylaw.co.uk on legal information issues.
Delia Venables
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email - delia@venables.co.uk

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    The Legal Web series of e-books with CPD, written by Nick Holmes and Delia Venables

    You can download a leaflet about these courses from here (pdf).

    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.

    These e-books with CPD (published in pdf) are designed for use in any of three ways:

    Each of the titles in the series consist of practical articles written by Nick and Delia and other leading experts in their fields. Full details of all the courses in the series are given on Nick Holmes' site but there are brief summaries below.

    Whither the Legal Web?

    This e-book with CPD, published in late 2005, looks at where the legal web is now - and where it is going. It is provided in two parts and forms the first two of the titles in the series The Legal Web:

    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.

    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. 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.

    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, including sending a cheque. Note that the e-books in this series can only be purchased from the infolaw site.

    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

    Changing Practice for Barristers

    Changing Practice for Barristers, published in September 2006, is the third in a series of online e-books with CPD, called "The Legal Web". These e-books with CPD (published in pdf) are 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
    Changing Practice for Barristers looks at how the modern chambers is developing in response to IT and particularly the Internet. It looks at the communications, software and IT which is now available for chambers, how IT is changing the way that a modern chambers is managed, how websites are being used for marketing purposes, how chambers and individual barristers are providing legal resources online and how the chambers library is evolving in response to new opportunities, problems and financial constraints.

    The e-book can be read on screen and all the links to relevant web sites described in the text are provided, making an interesting and useful course experience. There is a straight forward test at the end to be returned to Delia Venables for marking. You can see further details here and you can see the questions here. You can also see full details of all the courses in the series, on Nick Holmes' site.

    The e-book costs £40 plus VAT and includes the use, by one person, of the e-book as a course, qualifying for 5 CPD points.

    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.

    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, including sending a cheque. Note that the e-books in this series can only be purchased from the infolaw site.

    Web Tools for Lawyers

    Web Tools for Lawyers, published in September 2006, is the fourth in a series of online e-books with CPD, called "The Legal Web". These e-books with CPD (published in pdf) are 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
    This course serves as an introduction for lawyers to key current web publishing services: why they are important for lawyers and how these services can help them in using the web and in marketing their practice. It covers blogs for lawyers - what blogs are and how you use them; how to create your own blog and how to do it effectively; all about syndication and web feeds; how to ensure that your web site is "friendly" to the search engines; and whether (and how) to use search engines for paid advertising.

    The e-book can be read on screen and all the links to relevant web sites described in the text are provided, making an interesting and useful course experience. There is a straight forward test at the end to be returned to Delia Venables for marking. You can see further details here and you can see the questions here. You can also see full details of all the courses in the series, on Nick Holmes' site.

    The e-book costs £40 plus VAT and includes the use, by one person, of the e-book as a course, qualifying for 5 CPD points.

    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.

    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, including sending a cheque. Note that the e-books in this series can only be purchased from the infolaw site.

    Internet Newsletter for Lawyers

    Prices are:
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    • £70 plus £12.25 VAT for Firms/Chambers/Universities with Intranets or multiple online access; this includes a printed copy.
    Or 60 euros for the individual licence and 100 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)

    You can download a leaflet about these courses from here (pdf).

    I offer three CPD courses - 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: 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 75 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 75 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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