Electronic info fair set to visit six cities

AN ELECTRONIC legal information fair sets out next week on a tour of six cities.

Manchester is the first port of call for the fair, which is being organised by the CTI Law Technology Centre based at the University of Warwick.

It will also visit Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham and London.

The aim of the non-profit-making venture is to disseminate IT know-how to the legal profession.

Publishers and information providers who will be manning stands at the fair include Butterworths, FT Law and Tax, and Sweet & Maxwell.

Organiser of the exhibition Andrew Terrett, said it would focus on the type of information systems that individual lawyers needed to help them practise the law, rather than the more complex practice management and litigation support systems that tended to be handled by specialist departments within firms.

"In the past decade electronic products have become indispensable research and archiving tools, saving valuable time and money against the once commonplace manual trawling for legal materials," Terrett said.

"However, the proliferation of products and their individual awareness campaigns has meant that even PC-literate practitioners can be confused as to what is not only current but cost-effective for their needs."

The fair visits Manchester on Monday 11 November before moving on to The Hotel Metropole in Leeds on Tuesday and Newcastle's Vermont Hotel on Wednesday.

On Monday 18 November the fair will be at Jury's Bristol Hotel in Bristol, the following day it will be at Birmingham's Britannia Hotel and on Wednesday it will travel to the The Insurance Hall at the Chartered Institute of Insurers in Moorgate, London.