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ALLICE Meeting & PLC Update – 16 April 2012

Posted by JackieHanes on 17 April, 2012

I attended ALLICE’s (Association of Law Librarians in Central England) quarterly meeting held at Wragge & Co in Birmingham.

Chris Jeffries and James Chuck from PLC (Practical Law for Companies) legal database were invited to update the group on developments to their product and service.  The University of Leicester does not have a subscription to PLC, although it is widely used in corporate and commercial law firms: providing practice notes, forms, precedents, and links to case law, legislation and legal commentary. 

Ask PLC  is an archive of frequently asked questions and answers related to PLC database content.  Ask PLC can be searched or browsed by practice area (subject), and provides alternative access to key resources.

PLC Briefing are current awareness briefings written by PLC for use by law firm providing business development services to their clients.

PLC What’s Market provides a summary and comparison of selected public company deals, mergers and acqusitions, and market news. 

PLC recently redesigned their user-interface: the default Search option is now a cross-database search.  However, the changes were made piecemeal, and without user consulation, and have proven to be very unpopular.  (PLC users are used to accessing information by practice area).  PLC acknowledge mistakes were made with user consultation and testing, and are now seeking partners to work with them into the future.

PLC now links to full-text legislation on Legislation.Gov.UK and Westlaw UK legal databases.  I discovered that PLC were one of the partner organisations working with the National Archives to maintain the Legislation.Gov.UK a free public legislation database.  PLC (along with other partner organisations) fund paralegals to update legislation in target practice areas.  Legislation.Gov.UK has long been criticised for slow updating of amended legislation; however PLC informed us that they are now on track to have fully up-to-date Acts by November 2012 (SIs to follow at a later date).

On a lighter note, Wragge’s in-house catering team were exceptional – with a delicious buffet including olive and tomato bread sandwiches, home-made quiche, chicken and salmon bites, and blueberry eton mess for dessert.

Also, ALLICE have a ‘speed-networking ‘ evening in the week commencing 9 July 2012 – should you want to socialise with an *insert appropriate collective noun* of brummie law librarians.

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