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Internet made easy

By Nick Holmes on October 16, 2015

20 years ago I wrote my first “Page on the Web” column in the Solicitors Journal with a piece about why you should use the internet. My service provider at the time was Demon Internet. They still are! Thanks Demon. (…)

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Judgment day for BAILII

By Nick Holmes on October 31, 2011

First published by the Society for Computers and Law October 2011 A recent Guardian editorial criticised the status quo in relation to the publication of court judgments and called for more open access. In so doing BAILII came across as (…)

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Accessible law

By Nick Holmes on February 5, 2011

First published on VoxPopuLII, February 2011. Also published in Justice Wide Open Working Papers, May 2012. Professor Richard Leiter, on his blog, The Life of Books, poses The 21st Century Law Library Conundrum: Free Law and Paying to Understand It: (…)

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The new UK legislation service

By Nick Holmes on September 5, 2010

Published in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, September 2010. Since late July we have a shiny new official home of UK legislation at legislation.gov.uk. In due course this will completely replace the two current legislation services at OPSI and the (…)

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Free case law – an overview

By Nick Holmes on July 5, 2010

Published in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, July 2010. Free case law is old hat now. The House of Lords posted its first judgment on the web in 1996 and BAILII “freed the law” in 2000. But how far have (…)

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FreeLegalWeb dreaming on

By Nick Holmes on January 31, 2010

First published in Computers and Law, February 2010. What follows is an account of the development of FreeLegalWeb – a collaborative project designed to join up and make sense of publicly accessible law and authored commentary, and to encourage ongoing (…)

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Search engine optimisation – a holistic approach

By Nick Holmes on September 5, 2009

First Published in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, September 2009. Most users don’t look past the first two or three pages of results returned by a search engine, so understanding and implementing search engine optimisation (SEO) is critical. SEO is (…)

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Improving legislation on the web

By Nick Holmes on July 5, 2009

Published in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, July 2009. In 1996 HMSO started publishing new legislation on its website. Comprehensive coverage was later extended back to 1987 for Acts and 1988 for SIs. Although publication of legislation was timely and (…)

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Social networks – how they work

By Nick Holmes on July 5, 2009

First Published in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, July 2009. Facebook has over 200 million users; LinkedIn, the network for business and professionals, has over 40 million; Twitter is all the rage; and don’t forget blogs. Although these services are (…)

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The future of lawyers

By Nick Holmes on January 5, 2009

First published in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers, January 2009. In The End of Lawyers? (Oxford University Press) Richard Susskind challenges the legal profession to ask what elements of their current work could be undertaken more quickly, more cheaply, more (…)

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Law publishing at the crossroads

By Nick Holmes on November 25, 2008

First Published in the Solicitors Journal, November 2008. Also published in Legal Information Management Vol 9 No 3 2009. In the current climate of increasingly rapid technological change and upheavals in the legal profession, are law firms’ legal information needs (…)

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The Law publishers and Web 2.0

By Nick Holmes on August 25, 2008

(with James Mullan) First published August 2008 in the Legal Web ebook Law 2.0 in Progress Web 2.0 has revolutionised publishing. Technologies like blogs, wikis and RSS have made the publishing process so easy that countless millions are now publishers (…)

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Towards Gov 2.0

By Nick Holmes on July 14, 2008

Democracy – as Abraham Lincoln famously defined it – is the government of the people, by the people and for the people. Hitherto, we’ve been able to exercise our democratic rights only at the ballot box, by lobbying our MP (…)

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Quick and easy custom search with Google

By Nick Holmes on July 14, 2008

Some 18 months ago Google launched its Custom Search service (still in beta) that enables you to create a custom search engine (CSE) focussing on anything up to 2,000 specified URLs. The rationale is that, despite its undoubtedly sophisticated algorithms, (…)

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A wake-up call to lawyers

By Nick Holmes on July 14, 2008

Professor Richard Susskind is, as I write, no doubt completing the final draft of his forthcoming treatise, The End of Lawyers? to be published in June by Oxford University Press. More than 12 years ago he wrote its predecessor, The (…)

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