There are several articles of interest for Employment Lawyers in the May/June issue of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers - and also a very special introductory offer (see end of the email for this).
Here are the main stories:
1. The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) has now been launched in pilot form. It already includes 14 databases from 5 jurisdictions and over 400 megabytes of legal materials - all interlinked and all free. Laurie West-Knights QC describes the progress so far and discusses the hurdles yet to be overcome.
2. "Marketing Mania Hits the Legal Web" covers the 20 so-called marketing sites, including two employment law marketing sites, where the sites attempt to attract people needing legal advice to the site and then pass the potential clients on to firms of solicitors. Most of these charge the solicitors fees. I look at what these sites are doing and whether they provide value for money.
3. David Flint, from MacRoberts in Glasgow, gives the latest information on the Electronic Communications Bill, the Freedom of Information Bill and the Regulation of Investigatory Procedures Bill. He also considers the implications of the recent libel case involving Demon Internet.
4. Westlaw UK has been advertising heavily over the last couple of months.
Legal Librarian Loyita Worley, of Richards Butler, reviews the service.
5. Law Reporting, Legal Information and Electronic Media in the New Millennium was the title of a recent conference organised by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting. Barrister James Behrens reports.
6. The Data Protection Act 1998 will affect the way that information is collected from websites and used for marketing purposes. Michael Franks, from Chethams, has researched the topic.
7. It is now possible to file information electronically for Companies House. David Impey, from Jordans, describes how it works and what the new Companies House "presenters" can do.
8. Brian Johnson, Director of Legal and Administrative Services for Stratford-upon-Avon District Council, gives a local authority lawyer's perspective and tells us which web sites are most useful.
9. "What's New".... including the CLS, the Government "Champions" site, the new Court Service site, what Irish Legal Costs Accountants Connolly Lowe are doing, the Scottish Human Rights Trust, the Employment Lawyers Association, Solicitors Indemnity..... two new books.... new product launch....
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