Legal Information Network – Link

Owned by: Legalease, publishers of Legal Times and Legal Business.

Cost to subscribers: Software is free, no registration, on-line or subscription charges. Some services do attract a charge (eg ordering a company report).

Content: Thousands of full case transcripts and daily legal updates, court lists, COU press releases, The Legal 500, Land Registry practice information, Lexis/Nexis direct, Hammicks bookshop on-line, Bar Directory, Laserform legal forms, law firms in Europe, general news update, The Week in Europe, Legal index, Dun & Bradstreet reports, EC case digests, rates and fees, legislation tracker, EC background reports, judicial rota, CCH Editions publications, trademark searches, European legal updates, The Legal Times, John Rees Rare Books online, local authority searches, XIOS forms, free software, continuing education, appointments and job vacancies, IBC/Legal Studies publications, demonstration software, law firm publications, Waterlow reports, Jordanwatch reports, company formation, local agents directory, and more.

Facilities: Full electronic mail and document transfer between 3,000 lawyers and clients. There are also numerous public conferences available on topics from legal questions to local law societies. Link offers access to the Internet, company formation, book ordering, company reports, trademark searches, access to Lexis/ Nexis Direct and online software.

Comprehensiveness: Link is only 12 weeks old and is still developing. Historical information goes back only to 1 January 1993.

Uniqueness: Link does not see itself competing with Lexis, LIX or Lawtel. There are significant differences between all the services, but Link software is free, as is most of the service.

Will using it save resources?

Link saves time and money.

Evan Predavec is director of Link.