Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

Once every so often a law firm website comes along that absolutely trounces everybody else’s in the entertainment stakes. But O’Keeffe Solicitors (www.oksol.co.uk), a London criminal defence practice, has produced the best Web Week has seen so far – and it’s still only a temporary holding page for the firm while it develops the site.

Click on to it and you’ll be greeted by some Benny Hill chase music and a sign reading “Somewhere in the heart of London…”. Shortly after that a 1960s cartoon policeman waving his baton and blowing his whistle chases a 1990s mulleted criminal across the screen.

Then a cartoon superhero charges in wearing a shirt with O’Keeffe written on it. He quickly punches the policeman out of the way, letting the shellsuit-wearing suspect run free.

It’s nice to see a different take on the law firm website – one that gets to the heart of things with a bit of humour. But it’s surely only a matter of time before O’Keeffe fills the site with blurb about its “commitment to focusing on global quality service” or some other such nonsense.

Not many lawyers in today’s corporate world have taken the Lord into their hearts. But there are a still few out there that like to add a dash of spirit into the usual legal cocktail of proof-reading and Pret sandwiches.

Don’t ask how, but Web Week has stumbled upon Mirror of Justice, (www.mirrorofjustice.com), which announces itself as “a blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory”. This makes for some pretty scary posts, such as “Legal Advice as Moral Perspective”, the teeny bit controversial “Homosexuality and Immigration Law”, and finally “A View of the Legal Profession from a Mid-Twelfth-Century Monastery”.

That last one isn’t as radical as you might think, as there are lots of valid comparisons between law firms and medieval monasteries. For a start, you’ll find plenty of people sporting uncomfortable clothing and bad haircuts in both…