These firms have gone beyond a marketing approach to create a free legal resource
in their area of expertise and to keep it up to date.
There is certainly an element of public service in all these sites.
abuselaw.co.uk is a site provided by
Quality Solicitors Abney Garsden based in Greater Manchester.
The site aims to provide easy access to information for child and adult survivors of physical, sexual and
psychological abuse on all aspects of this complex area of law.
The site also aims to offer guidance on and understanding of the legal system of England and Wales for
professionals working for survivors of abuse.
By providing information on the legal rights available to the survivor of
abuse in seeking compensation, an explanation of the civil and criminal
court procedures and a guide to the Legal Aid system and Criminal Injuries
Compensation Scheme, the site aims to offer a greater understanding of the
workings of the Legal system.
Adlex Solicitors advise businesses on every aspect of trading online, website law and internet law.
The firm was founded in 2001 by internet and domain name lawyer Adam Taylor, former partner and head of
E-Commerce and Technology Group at City of London solicitor firm Withers.
He is a Nominet and WIPO domain dispute panelist. The site includes information on:
* the regulations which apply to business trading on the internet
* the UK and EU data protection laws and regulations which apply to online privacy and the collection and use of personal data via websites
* Internet terms and conditions and web contracts
* White label contracts and co-branding contract issues
* web design legal and contract issues
* Website hosting legal issues
* domain name disputes
* domain legal news.
Bhatt Murphy is a firm specialising in human rights issues. They
handle complex and serious cases against state agencies including the police, prison and immigration authorities.
The site offers a series of "timelines" -
these are histories of particular legal areas relating to police misconduct and prisoners rights, indicating the
legislation, political initiatives, campaigns and case law of each area.
There are timelines for Police Misconduct, Tariff Setting For Life Sentenced Prisoners, Deaths in Custody,
Immigration Detention, Parole Hearings and the Prison Disciplinary System.
There is also a very useful set of links to other bodies involved in these issues.
CrimeLine is a major free legal resource for
criminal lawyers. Written by Andrew Keogh, it is
received by over 14,000 criminal lawyers, judges and academics each week.
Each issue digests the latest cases from 35 sources, legislation and news.
Important judgments are often emailed within minutes of being handed down. Cases are linked to
Casetrack or Bailii for full text judgments.
Criminal Solicitor Dot Net provides criminal
practitioners with news (frequently updated) and resources on criminal law and criminal contracting.
Run by Solicitor Gavin Burrell, the site offers access to forums to discuss criminal law and contracting
issues and provides a case law updater and legislation updater to keep members aware of impending or
recent changes in criminal law. You have to register to be a "member" but it is free. There is also a
weekly email newsletter on which free CPD (1 hour a month) can be earned.
elexica is a free online legal resource from leading
international law firm
Simmons & Simmons.
elexica offers registered users an extensive range of legal information including practical guides,
checklists, current awareness articles, legislative updates,
case reports, detailed legal analysis, training modules (with CPD hours), a current
awareness email alerting service and an extensive library of categorised web links.
All of elexica's content is provided by lawyers based in Simmons & Simmons international
network of offices, and covers a variety of topics, jurisdictions and languages.
Environmental Waste Permit Lawyers
provides information on environmental permitting, pollution prevention and control together with
guidance and assistance for waste, recycling and other industries.
As it says on the site "If you have been served with a regulatory notice by the Environment Agency
or local authority, if you are threatened with a criminal prosecution in the context either of
environmental permitting or the handling of waste, or if the regulator has refused you a permit,
then this site is here to help you." It also provides information about other pollution- and waste-
related matters such as court actions in private nuisance (including fire and flooding).
The site is maintained jointly by Yogesh Patel of
Edward Hayes solicitors and
of 6 Pump Court.The site is intended to help businesses to identify and understand key legal issues.
Jonny Law Online is a very useful site about property and
property law maintained by Jonathan Achampong, a conveyancing solicitor with a major firm, Ashfords.
There are sections on conveyancing, lease extensions, leasehold, enfranchisement and commercial property.
There are also featured articles on news items and topics of current interest.
Law-Now is the free online information service for businesses from
CMS Cameron McKenna. The site, which covers both national and
international legal topics, can be viewed online or taken as a personalised email service -
there are around 30,000 subscribers to this service. All major legal areas are covered.
Natalie Gamble Associates provide an impressive site on fertility law
and parenting law in all its manifestations.
Overall, the site includes legislation, including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (HFEA),
case law, useful links and 30,000 words of detailed written guidance on the
law broken down for different situations. It has been designed as a free resource on this complex area of law,
providing reliable information accessible to everyone. As well as having unrivalled information on this topic, the site
uses attractive colours and photographs. The site includes a blog of current news and comment.
out-law.com is an extensive information site provided by
There are 10,000 pages of free legal news and guidance, mostly on IT and e-commerce issues, with many
new items posted every day. There are also a large number of quite detailed "Guides" on technology and
laws for the technology sector.
About Cookies is another site set up by Pinsent Masons as a guide
to deleting and controlling cookies and (for web site owners) assistance in staying the right side of the law
Mental Health Law Online is an internet resource on mental
health law in England & Wales, primarily for mental health practitioners, to which anyone can contribute.
The site has been set up by a mental health solicitor. The site covers case law, with regularly updated
commentaries on the cases and links to the full text judgments on BAILII (around 800 categorised cases
plus other BAILII links). There is also the full text of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity
Act 2005, and related legislation. There are also general articles to explain the concepts and terminology
used in the field and practical guidance for lawyers. You can sign up for email updates and also obtain 12
hours CPD (over the year) for £60.
Wikivorce provides an
interactive (and wiki-type) experience for those involved in, or considering, a divorce. As well as
factual information, e.g. Divorce Guide and Divorce Calculator, there are blogs (several of the existing
well known blogs are included), chat rooms and forums. In other words, it is a community based web site
where other members of the community do most of the work! It seems to be very popular and already has
50,000 "members". There is also a bookstore and a "find a solicitor" section.
If I have missed any significant legal resources provided by firms of solicitors, please email me!