Officially summer is here! So along with enjoying super moons, Wimbledon, Glastonbury and the Ashes we’ve got a few little summer updates to keep you in the know on what’s been happening around Westlaw UK.
In this month’s newsletter we cover the refinements we are making to relevancy ranking as well as the search and filtering enhancements we are planning for August. We give a recap of the 44th Annual BIALL Conference, which was recently held in Glasgow, and let you know about the launch of ‘My Account’ onto a new and improved platform. Our Insight contributors have been busy again this month with 40 new articles, as have our cases, legislation and annotations teams.
We’ve recently had another new commentary title launch on Westlaw UK as well as a number of new releases and we also list those titles launching soon. Our current awareness section is again loaded with great information, keeping you up to date on what’s happening in the legal industry.
As always, you can read more about all the enhancements and news for this month, below.
The Westlaw UK team
THE JUNE EDITION
TOGETHER FOR BIALL
For the law librarians of the United Kingdom and Ireland, June means only one thing: the BIALL conference.
More than 250 delegates packed out the Hilton Conference Centre for the 44th annual conference. It was a great opportunity for our account managers to catch up with customers, talk about their challenges and our solutions.
For the first time, at this year’s BIALL conference, all Thomson Reuters legal solutions, including Practical Law UK, Westlaw UK, Sweet & Maxwell and Lawtel, were presented together in a shared exhibition space.
Over the three days, we had some fantastic feedback across all our products and witnessed some genuine excitement for the new Practical Law website, launching later this summer.
The conference ended with the Thomson Reuters sponsored Annual Awards Dinner at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: an elegant setting to reflect on the previous two days and meet our customers in a more relaxed environment.
In her opening address, Elizabeth Woodman, our VP Customer Segments and Strategy, spoke about the integration between PLC and Thomson Reuters and our focus on offering the market a complete legal solution. Elizabeth also talked about how important customer relationships and feedback are to our future product strategy.
Thanks to all out customers who came to talk to us at BIALL. For those of you who missed us, we hope to see you at another event soon.
REFINING OUR SEARCH ENHANCEMENTS
Following feedback from customers about our search enhancements, we’re happy to let you know that we’re currently refining our relevancy ranking functionality, making the date option a default where appropriate. We’re also happy to announce that from early August, we will be introducing the ability to filter your search results, further enhancing the ease of searching on Westlaw UK and in particular, clarifying relevancy for homepage searches.
NEW SEARCH & FILTERING ENHANCEMENTS COMING SOON
As mentioned, new filtering enhancements are planned for early August, were we will be introducing the ability to filter your search results. Some of the features and benefits customers can expect from these new enhancements include:
- Detailed indexing allows filtering by topic
- Users should be able to achieve better results when searching in intuitive way
- Filtering over whole results set (not limited to 4000)
- Available filters vary by search start point and include:
- Homepage: Content type; Topic; Date
- Cases: Topic; Date; Jurisdiction; Court; Status
- Legislation: Topic; Date; Jurisdiction; Status; Document type
- Journals: Topic; Date; Jurisdiction; Full text; Document type
- Current awareness: Topic; Date; Jurisdiction; Document type
More information on our new search and filtering enhancements will follow closer to the release date.
MY ACCOUNT MOVES TO A NEW PLATFORM AND A NEW HOME
We’re delighted to announce that My Account will be moving to a new platform on Thursday 27 June (subject to successful testing).
After listening closely to your feedback, My Account will re-launch with an improved design, increased flexibility and a more user-friendly interface. With greater ease, you will now have access to more content from even more products, making it easier than ever before to manage your account online.
To help you make the most of the new and enhanced service and functionality, a new user guide will be made available shortly.
- My Account now gives you increased flexibility to manage content and users, resulting in a much more integrated experience across the service
- New products available for password management: ProView, Westlaw AU, Westlaw Gulf, Westlaw Hong Kong, Westlaw IE and Westlaw Next
- All content (including additional subscriptions) can be added to new users in the user creation process
- Alphabetical filter for user lists of more than 30 users. Product filters for accounts with multiple products
- User names automatically converted to lower case, to save you time
- Clear ‘traffic light’ icons indicating the users’ registration status
Below is a preview of the new refreshed home page.
WILL YOUR LOGIN DETAILS CHANGE?
No, all of your details will remain the same, so please continue to log into My Account as you would do normally.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
USABILITY & ARTICLES
It’s been another busy month for Westlaw UK Insight. Our fantastic contributors have been amazing, with over 40 articles published since our last update in May. Articles include:
- Arbitration: enforcement
- Close companies
- Commercial finance
- Company finances
- Defamation: libel
- Defamation: remedies
- Derivative claims
- Double jeopardy
- Electronic disclosure
- European arrest warrant
- Health and safety: offences
- Identification evidence
- Immigration control: employment
- Immigration control: serious criminals
- Income tax
- Informal bankruptcy equivalents
- Insolvency offences
- Judicial review: procedure
- Land: miscellaneous issues
- Legitimate expectation
- National Health Service (NHS)
- NHS: local authority involvement
- NHS England
- NHS Property Services Limited
- NHS standard contract
- NHS trust insolvency
- Offences against the person
- Personal injuries: conditional fees
- Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
- Public inquiries: appointments
- Public processions
- Self-serving statements
- Special insurances
- Summary proceedings (crime)
- Termination of bankruptcy
- Transactions defrauding creditors
- Third party rights: insurance
- Widows and widowers: financial provision
- Wills: preparation
A NEW LOOSELEAF
In June, we launched another new looseleaf title* online as well as launching a number of new editions of our commentary titles. All books & looseleafs are available for you to add on to your subscription:
NEW LIVE TITLE:
- Parliament House Book – More Information
- Encyclopedia of Local Government – Went live 17 June 2013
- Encyclopedia of Financial Services – Went live 18 June 2013
- Landlord and Tenant Fact book – Went live 18 June 2013
- Woodfall – Went live 19 June 2013
- Encyclopaedia of Compulsory Purchase – Went live 20 June 2013
- Capital Gains Tax – Went live 20 June 2013
- Ruoff and Roper: Registered Conveyancing – Went live 20 June 2013
- The Trademark Handbook – Went live 11 June 2013
- Encyclopaedia of Housing – Went live 12 June 2013
- Income Tax – Went live 13 June 2013
- Encyclopaedia of Road Traffic Law – Went live 6 June 2013
- Bhala: Modern GATT Law
- Mitchell, Taylor and Talbot on Confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime
*Books and Looseleafs are available as add-ons to Westlaw UK. Speak to your Account Manager to discuss subscription options.
ANNOTATIONS FOR JUNE
In June, only one Act received Royal Assent – the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013 – and the annotations for that should be online by the 3rd July. We currently have 7 Bills waiting for Royal Assent at the moment and are working on the annotations for them right now so they should all be online 2 weeks after Royal Assent.
*Please note the Annotated Statutes service is available as an add-on to a current Westlaw UK subscription.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE LAW
- LORD MCALPINE OF WEST GREEN v BERCOW
A post on Twitter asking why a named peer was trending was defamatory in circumstances where he was not otherwise in the public eye and there was much speculation as to the identity of an unnamed politician who was guilty of child abuse. The reasonable reader would understand that the writer’s addition of the words “innocent face” after asking the question was insincere and ironical.
- E-MAIL “TYPED IN HASTE” LANDS EX-DIRECTOR IN TROUBLE
In the first case of its kind, the Financial Conduct Authority is attempting to ban a former director of two mutuals from working in the financial services industry after accusing her of a conflict of interest. Angela Burns, a former non-executive director at Marine & General and Teachers Assurance, is accused of failing to disclose that she was actively trying to win consulting work from an American investment manager that the mutuals were using. Ms Burns is appealing the findings and the case has been referred to an independent tribunal.
- LAW SOCIETY TO REVIEW SCOTTISH RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING
The Law Society of Scotland is to set up a working group to look into Scotland’s residential conveyancing practice and procedure with a view to enhancing and developing the process to meet the needs of home buyers in the 21st century. Law Society Council members have agreed that a working group should be created to carry out a full review of the sale and purchase of homes in Scotland and bring forward proposals for improvements appropriate for the property market.
- DIVORCE, HOUSE-BUYING, WILLS AND COMPLAINTS
The Legal Ombudsman’s annual report 2012/13 reveals it resolved 7,600 complaints, of which 18 per cent related to divorce, 14 per cent to house-buying and 12 per cent to wills. The report warns that with the traditional boundaries changing as to what is a legal service, many consumers could be left without redress.
- DISABLED SCHOOLBOY WINS RIGHT TO GUITAR LESSONS
Disabled schoolboy Thomas Pettigrew has won a landmark ruling that he can take part in after-school guitar classes after he was refused permission because of his condition. His parents requested South Lanarkshire Council provide Thomas with additional support but this was refused on the grounds there was sufficient support in place. An additional support needs tribunal ruled it should not have denied Thomas the chance to participate. The case establishes that equalities laws extend to extra-curricular activities.
- OIL TYCOON LOSES GBP 17.5m SUPREME COURT DIVORCE BATTLE
In a landmark victory for divorcing wives, the Supreme Court has ruled that husbands cannot try to seek to protect their assets by hiding them in companies. In a case between Yasmin Prest and her former husband, Michael Prest, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that three companies owned by Mr Prest could be ordered to transfer millions of pounds in property assets to Mrs Prest as part of her GBP 17.5 million divorce settlement.
- ARTISITIC PERFORMERS TO GET STRONGER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION
On June 12, 2013, the UK signed a new WIPO treaty which includes new standards for the protection of audiovisual performances. The treaty will provide: moral rights to performers to prevent lack of attribution or distortion of their performances; protection in the digital environment; and safeguards against the unauthorised use of their performances in audiovisual media such as television and film.
- VICTIMS TO BE SPARED FROM HARROWING COURT CASES
The Secretary of State for Justice has announced that the most vulnerable victims are to be protected from the trauma of appearing in court. Young and vulnerable victims will be offered the chance to avoid a court experience by pre-recording both their evidence and any cross-examination for a later trial. This new approach will be tested in three areas, Leeds, Liverpool and Kingston-upon-Thames, with the intention of rolling it out more widely if it proves a success.
- GRADUATED DRIVING LICENCE SCHEME BILL 2013 (HC Bill No.22)
A Bill to make provision for a graduated driving licence scheme; and for connected purposes.
- COMMUNICATIONS (UNSOLICITED TELEPHONE CALLS AND TEXTS) BILL 2013 (HC Bill No.21)
A Bill to reduce the incidence of unsolicited telephone calls and texts received by consumers; and for connected purposes.
- DRUG DRIVING (ASSESSMENT OF DRUG MISUSE) BILL 2013 (HC Bill No.20)
A Bill to provide for the assessment of drug dependency or propensity for drug misuse of persons who, in the course of investigations for certain driving offences, have provided blood or urine samples that reveal the presence of certain drugs; and for connected purposes
- COMPUTER EXPERT SUES FOR £150K BECAUSE HE CAN’T TEXT
An IT specialist is suing for £150,000 claiming an accident at work has left him with unique disabilities preventing him from texting or using other gadgets.
Isaak Alpman says he has been left with a ‘misshapen right index finger’, amongst other disabilities, which have seen him go from working at the forefront of the computer world to being unable to use a normal mouse and keyboard.
The 59-year-old says his injuries are so bad he cannot get work and even has to get his son to send text messages on his behalf.
Mr Alpman, of Rochester, Kent, claims he suffered his affliction when he fell down a flight of stairs while working in the computer server room at the West London headquarters of vintage and collectibles dealer, the Music and Goods Exchange Ltd, in April 2011.
He has now issued a High Court writ claiming damages from the company of up to £150,000, on the basis that the staircase where the alleged accident took place was ‘unsafe’ and breached Health and Safety at Work regulations.
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