Editorial

The Application of Information Technology

In this piece, Alastair Morrison reviews the pressures on solicitors and the courts arising from IT implementation. He analyses the position of smaller firms and looks at the prospects for XML and AI. This was originally submitted as a dissertation for the degree of LLM at the University of Strathclyde. It is rare for SCL to accept such material but this is a useful examination of various commentators’ views.

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Computer Aid Projects in England (1971)

One of SCL's founding members, Alan Brakefield, was recently honoured with a dinner at the House of Lords and a presentation after 29 years as Treasurer of the Society. We reproduce below an excerpt from an article written by him in 1971. The article was published as Law and Technology: Jurimetrics and included an appendix on Computer Aid Projects in England which is reproduced here.

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The e-Summit

A report on the meeting of 19 November at the QEII Conference Centre by Eduardo Ustaran, Chairman of the SCL Internet Interest Group and solicitor at Berwin Leighton Paisner, London.

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International Business and e-arbitration

The Internet is being waved in front of businesses large and small as the future for prosperity. The oft-touted battle cry is ‘benefit from a world market at your fingertips’. Nevertheless, despite government pressure to join the fray, the EU reports that many smaller businesses (SMEs) are reluctant to go online. They also conclude that access to affordable alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is necessary to give SMEs confidence in cross-border trading. It is easy enough to pinpoint a need but developing a real solution, E-Arbitration-T, has been a much longer story with players across Europe.

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M-legal

This tour of m-legal issues and technologies from Paul Lambert was also published in the Irish Law Society Gazette.

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E-Privacy and Online Data Protection

Marc Dautlich of Olswang reviews E-Privacy and Online Data Protection by Peter Carey and Eduardo Ustaran (Butterworths, £103.55).

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