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U.K. Legal Publisher Shutters Journal, Awards

Legal technology journal The U.K. legal publisher Legalease Ltd. will no longer hand out annual awards in legal technology and legal marketing and will discontinue its quarterly magazine Legal Technology Journal and the magazine's Legal Technology Update e-mail alert. A notice on the Legal Technology Journal Web site today says that the publication will end "due to current market conditions." Both the Legal Technology Awards and Legal Marketing Awards sites carry similar notices. The technology awards site has this:

JWH Events Ltd has decided not go ahead with the Legal Technology Awards 2010. Having consulted with senior IT and supplier representatives from various firms and suppliers, the market consensus is that at a time when firms are scaling back and/or redirecting their efforts, participation in the LTAs would be inappropriate. Regrettably, therefore, we have concluded that the 2010 event should not proceed.

The notice says that the awards might return in 2011 "once the market has turned up." The notice on the marketing site is almost identical, except that it says the decision was made after having "consulted with senior marketing and PR representatives." It, too, indicates that the awards might return.

The journal featured articles on the role of technology within law firm practice management and business development. Many of its authors were IT directors and CIOs at major law firms. The legal technology and legal marketing awards recognized excellence in those fields.

It is not clear whether JWH Events is a business unit of Legalease or a separate company. JWH is run by Jeremy Hill, who describes himself on LinkedIn as holding the position of new projects director at Legalease and as publisher of the journal and organizer of the two awards events. The blog The Orange Rag published an e-mail sent by Hill last week in which he said:

I have had to cease publishing the Legal Technology Journal, the Legal Technology Update and Legal Technology Awards. The downturn has hit my business much harder than I had expected and as a result the products are no longer commercially viable. I am hoping this will change in the not too distant future.

And so the economy takes another victim. While the loss of two awards programs may leave the legal profession no worse for wear, the technology journal was well regarded among IT types and is sure to be missed.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 23, 2009 at 11:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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