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.

The legal blog scene has a new entrant – with a really nice name to boot. The Laws of Love (http://lawsoflove.co.uk) is written by family barrister Mark Chaloner from Southampton.

He describes it as a “family law blog dealing with all aspects of relationships (legal and just plain odd!)”.

The blog went live on April Fool’s Day. There is a reason for the strange choice of start date, as Chaloner explains: “In fact it was on 1 April five years ago that I first stood up in court and acted as a barrister.

“So, given that the last five years appear to have turned out okay, I thought today might as well be the day I started this blog – let’s hope I don’t prove too much of a fool!”Three weeks in and you’re doing just fine, Mark.

Law blogs aren’t just for lawyers – now the legal librarians are getting in on the act too. Lo-Fi Librarian (www.lo-fi-librarian.co.uk) is just one example. The blog runs a weekly list of useful gadgets you can find scattered about the web.

One of the best internet doohickeys featured on the site is the Time Machiner (www.time machiner.com). The site allows you to send an email at any time in the future until 2030, which is fun if you want to wish yourself a happy birthday or pre-emptively celebrate England’s World Cup victory in 2018.

Others include Cue Prompter (www.cue prompter.com), which turns your computer into a teleprompter. Highly useful should you ever want to sound like a suave newsreader during a nerve-racking conference call.