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. Look around the office – or, if you haven’t gone open plan yet, leave your desk and walk about. How many types of lawyers do you see? According to Evan Schaeffer, the author of legal blog the Legal Underground (www.legalunder ground.com), you should see around 17 different kinds of legal people.

He should know, he’s categorised them all on his blog. Some will be familiar, like the “partner that golfs”, “the lawyer on The Apprentice” and “the lawyer who’s in the wrong profession”, but some others will be new.

With any luck you won’t have yet met “the mafia lawyer”, “the lawyer with a shiny new gadget”, and, of course, “the lawyer from the planet Og”. Not sure what the last one is about, but you get the idea.

“I think that about covers it,” writes Evan. “Seventeen different types of lawyers. What type of lawyer do you want to be?” Er, the retired senior partner with a few million in the bank, please.

All the good web addresses were already taken by the time law firms realised what was going on and got their own pages. But still they managed to come up with some snappy dotcom names that would be easy for the client to remember.

You’ve got Stephenson Harwood‘s www.shlegal.com, for example, as well as Bird & Bird‘s classic www.twobirds.com. So why on earth Nabarro went for www.ourwayof doing internationalbusiness.com for their newly extended European alliance is a bit of a mystery. Maybe www.lookeverybodywe haveanalliancetoo.com was taken. As the firm’s tagline claims, clarity matters. Sometimes.