Editorial

From the Editor’s Chair

This issue is the first to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Society for Computers and Law.

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It's the Clients, Stupid!

Charles Christian is a former practising barrister and former SCL council member. He is the publisher of the Legal Technology Insider newsletter and his latest book Legal Practice in the Digital Age was published in November.

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Interview with Richard Susskind

Professor Richard Susskind has not only been a major influence on the development of SCL but is an outstandingly influential figure in thinking on and developments in IT and the law.

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Information Technology and the Bar in the Third Millennium

James Behrens is a barrister at Serle Court Chambers in Lincoln's Inn, a member of the SCL since 1990, and the Bar representative on theSCL General Council. He first learned to program in the 1970s using Fortran. Hispractice is in commercial and chancery litigation, and he regularly advises incomputer disputes and on data protection law.

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Looking Back, Looking Forwards

Sir Brian Neill is a former President and now is Vice-President of SCL. He was Chairman of ITAC from 1985 to 1996. Although now retired as aCourt of Appeal judge, he continues to sit there from time to time and retainsan active role in the propagation of the use of IT in the law. He is a member ofthe Civil Justice IT Strategy Development Group. This is an edited version ofSir Brian's speech at the 25th Anniversary Dinner.

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IT in the Law

This is an edited version of Lord Irvine's speech at the SCL 25th Anniversary Dinner.

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The Training of Lawyers in the Virtual Age

Peter Reekie is Director of the Computer Teaching andDevelopment Unit at the College of Law. He may be contacted by e-mail at peter_reekie@lawcol.co.uk.

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Nostalgia and Challenges

John Irving is an independent IT consultant and, from January,will be Joint Chair- IT of SCL. He may be contacted at john.irving@dial.pipex.comor on 01603 782286.

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