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Lawyers Who Are Seeking Work To Get Free Access To Training, Practice And Law Updates Via The Lexis®Legal Intelligence Network

New initiative ensures CPD and practice certificates can be maintained while offering the opportunity to learn new skills and working methods

London, 2nd July 2009, LexisNexis today announced that it will support out of work lawyers by providing free access to its on-line training courses and the Lexis®PSL Professional Support Lawyer service. The new initiative, known as the Lexis®Legal Intelligence Network will be available from today to lawyers who register with, and are recommended by, one of LexisNexis' partner recruitment consultancies, gmk and Lipson Lloyd-Jones. By joining the network lawyers will be able to actively keep up to date with the law, fulfill their ongoing CPD obligations and network with peers.


“There are many excellent lawyers who have been displaced by recent layoffs. In addition to the stress of job hunting they are facing the dilemma of deciding whether they can afford to pay to renew their practice certificates this October, and if they can invest in training to maintain their CPD accreditation.” said Alex Dumbrell, Head of KnowHow, LexisNexis. “By offering CPD accredited training and LexisPSL at no cost, via the Legal Intelligence Network, we hope that we can make it easier for unemployed lawyers to stay fully engaged with our profession. We aim to better equip them for their next role as we move into a new world of legal practice.”

Over the coming months LexisNexis will work closely with members of the network to develop additional features that will provide the Legal Intelligence Network with additional opportunities for lawyers to further develop their careers and professional contacts. 

LexisNexis worked with a select number of lawyers as beta testers to refine this first stage of the network.  Joanna Bhatia, one of these lawyers, said, “I am confident that the opportunity to extend and deepen my legal knowledge, and the new contacts I have made through LexisNexis, leave me very well placed as I return to the jobs market.”

Joining the Lexis®Legal Intelligence Network
LexisNexis has partnered with two leading legal recruitment firms to promote the Legal Intelligence Network and validate membership.

Deborah Adkins, Director of gmk said “While you are seeking work, demonstrating on your CV that you have been actively building your skills and staying engaged with legal practice can send out a powerful message about you and differentiate you in what is currently an increasingly crowded job market.”

Shelley Carr, Senior Consultant of  Lipson Lloyd-Jones adds, “Being able to train or update your skills, at no cost, in new areas of the law can open up opportunities. As well as the direct benefit of training, the Legal Intelligence Network may give you the chance to write articles, deliver training or perhaps offer pro bono work - all of which would be excellent material to discuss at interviews.” 

To join the Legal Intelligence Network people just need to register their interest at http://www.lexisnexis.org.uk/legalintelligence/LI-network/.  Lawyers who have been recommended by one of our recruitment partners will then receive access codes for Lexis®PSL and Butterworths webinars.

Notes to editors:

Lexis®PSL

Designed to match the way lawyers work, Lexis®PSL is a virtual professional support lawyer service accessed via an online interface that features a homepage for each practice area containing all the essential resources a lawyer needs. An expert team of solicitors and barristers compile all the essential information that matches the way lawyers work, so they can provide advice more efficiently and with confidence.  Lexis®PSL provides KnowHow, primary law, precedents, forms and excerpts from authoritative Butterworths commentary. Additionally, links to Lexis®Library take you directly to a broader range of relevant legal resources. (http://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/lexispsl)

About LexisNexis

LexisNexis® (www.lexisnexis.com) is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. A member of Reed Elsevier [NYSE: ENL; NYSE: RUK] (www.reedelsevier.com), LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 18,000 employees worldwide.

In the UK, LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.co.uk) online services include LexisLibrary - named Online Product of the Year at the Legal Technology Awards - and Nexis® the single most powerful global news & business information service. The company has over 1,000 employees in the UK.

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