Wednesday, 27th July 2011
The events surrounding the News of World phone hacking scandal have once again brought the topic of people’s “right to know” and their “need to know” to the forefront of public debate.
For legal professionals the area of information law in an age of global information flows is an ever changing one and hard to keep up with. So, the recently announced collaboration between Justis Publishing and London Chambers 11KBW could not have come at a more opportune time.
Justis Publishing produces justis.com, the well-established online legal library of UK, Irish and EU case law. Together with information law experts from Chambers 11KBW, Justis is now publishing Information Law Reports going back to 2001 which, according to the accompanying press release will “provide the first and only systematic repository of full reports in an expanding area of law otherwise limited to judgements”.
The reports will cover old and new cases from the Information Rights Tribunal, the High Court and other specialist tribunals. Interestingly, in a time when we are constantly hearing about the demise of print, the Information Law Reports are also produced in bound volumes, as well as made available via the Justis platform. This is probably a reflection of the type of user the reports are aimed at – the legal profession being one of the last users of hard copy source material.
LexisNexis meanwhile continues to innovate. In March, Tim Buckley Owen reported on the publisher’s launch of Advance for Associates, while last week the company released its latest version of LexisCheck. Version 4.0 enables users to scan their PDF documents for references to case law. Any out-of-date references are highlighted which saves time and avoids mistakes. The links to the full text of cases in the Lexis Library make this a compelling workflow tool.
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