Web Week: 3 November 2008

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.

Net prophets

This is a new one. Did you know you can now buy legal advice online in the form of pay as you go credits from virtual law firm Net Lawman (www.netlawman.co.uk)?

The charge is £20 for 10 minutes or £90 for an hour. But perhaps it’s best not to use that model if you have a ­massive restructuring deal that needs to close immediately. The website says: “We will generally reply within 24 hours. We will almost always reply within three days.”

Heller on Earth?

A support group has been set up for those who used to be employed at former law firm Heller Ehrman, in the form of the Heller Highwater blog (http://hellerdrone.word press.com).

The post “Fourteen things to do if you’re laid off” gives a good insight into what life was like at the firm, not least because suggestion ­number seven is: “Get a girlfriend or boyfriend.”

Web Week wonders what staff were doing before. The blogger goes on: “Don’t let the fact that you have no job slow you down. You can still earn some dough. You will have more control over your schedule. And you can spend some of your new-found time with your new friend, assuming this friend doesn’t have his or her own 18-hour-a-day ­engineering job.”

The blog has attracted the interest of recruitment consultants, some of whom need lessons in tact. One posted: “It is a shame what is happening with Heller Ehrman. That being said, I am a legal recruiter and have a ton of openings for qualified support staff. While the downfall of Heller is terrible it is not the end of the world for some.”

Yeah, for the recruiters.