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The IT in Property Group

Maitland Kalton provides a reminder and update on one of the SCL’s most important recent initiatives, and seeks recruits for the Group and its committee.

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LITIG

What is LITIG? Read more about it here.

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Smart Pen

Dr Leslie Saward spoke at the Midland Group recently and revealed news of one of the latest hot gadgets, the Smart Pen.

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People Risks in Practice Management Implementation

Richard Jolly, who works on Information Risk Management for KPMG LLP, discusses the best approach to gaining good practice control over potential “people risks” in new practice management system implementations.

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Editorial

Laurence Eastham refers to the SCL Award evening, looks at legal IT software sales and congratulates himself.

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Letter to the Editor

Jon Vogler of Active Backup Ltd comments on a recent sentence.

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The Knowledge Management of External Content

Chris Knowles of Vrisko asks whether law firms have been seriously over-investing in “Big Technology” knowledge management systems to capture, store and manage their internal knowhow. Are they neglecting systems now available, at a far lower cost, to help them gain more value from their substantial investments in tried and tested legal and business information, from publishers such as Butterworths, Sweet and Maxwell, PLC and LexisNexis?

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Gloom, doom and Gutnick

The implications of Dow Jones & Company Inc v Gutnick [1] are reviewed by Megan Macgregor, Senior Lawyer, and Mark Vincent, Managing Partner, of Griffins Information Technology and Intellectual Property Lawyers. [2]

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SAM v Hedley’s: The TCC answers the Court of Appeal in Watford Electronics

Two cases have come out of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in recent weeks reversing what for many had seemed to be a run of success for users against IT suppliers. In particular, when it came to applying the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA) to exclusions and limitations of liability, IT suppliers were prone to fare badly. This note from Richard Stephens reports on the recent case of SAM Business Systems Limited v Hedley and Company [2002] EWHC 2733 (TCC), a decision of Judge Bowsher QC. *This article will look at two principal issues in the judgment: the presence of bugs and their legal implications and limitations and exclusions of liability in the light of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.

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Automated Registration of Title

Ian A Davis, Director of Legal Services at the Registers of Scotland Executive Agency, describes the giant strides made towards automatic registration in Scotland.

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