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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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