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The Halsbury’s Awards 2010 Winners Announced

Prestigious Halsbury’s Awards Recognize Outstanding Service by Legal Information Services and Law Librarians

LONDON, June 18, 2010 – LexisNexis UK (, a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, has announced the winners of the prestigious Halsbury’s Awards 2010 at the 41st British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Annual Conference held in Brighton on Thursday June 10.


Established in 2007 by the BIALL Awards & Bursaries Committee in conjunction with LexisNexis, the Halsbury’s Awards recognise, celebrate and reward the dedicated performance and outstanding service given by legal information services, law libraries and those teams managing legal collections and resources.

David Wills, Chair of the Adjudication Panel for the Halsbury's Awards 2010, said, "The fourth Halsbury's Awards continue to recognise and reward the strengths of team-working and high levels of service provision within the law library / legal information world. This past year has seen us facing a difficult economic climate where those working in our profession have needed to be particularly proactive and resourceful in promoting their services within their organisations. The winners of the awards for this year have demonstrated their true value and are a credit to the prestigious name of Halsbury's."

Simon Hetherington, Publisher of Halsbury's Laws of England, said: “These awards serve a very valuable purpose, for BIALL, LexisNexis and the wider legal world. They affirm the excellent and essential service provided by information professionals to their peers and colleagues throughout the legal community. The winners and nominees have made a considerable contribution to the legal information profession through first-rate service, meeting the strategic needs of the firms and organisations they work in, or demonstrating excellence in dealing with issues and challenges.”

This year, the three awards were presented by Daniella King, President of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, and Simon Hetherington, Publisher of Halsbury’s Laws of England, representing LexisNexis.

Nominations were received from those working within the law library and legal information profession as well as from those in the law sector itself. The adjudication panel comprised of representatives from BIALL and LexisNexis.

The winners, in each category, were as follows:

Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector): 

The Judges’ Reference Library, Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service

Commenting on the award, BIALL President Daniella King noted:

“This service operates with only four staff, yet provides ‘dynamic innovative solutions to judicial information requirements in Northern Ireland, and they are constantly seeking new ways to facilitate the requirements of their high profile customer base’. The service has displayed excellent research capacity and offers valuable training to users of the service. Among their achievements, the Judges Library Team created a compact PDF of authorities for use in the Court of Appeal which, according to a nomination, has progressed the methods of the work of the Northern Ireland judiciary.”

Best “London” Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector):

The Lawrence Graham LLP Information Resources and Know-How Team

Daniella King highlighted the impact that this recipient has made in its organisation saying:

“This award goes to a legal information service that has received no less than 41 nominations. This group is described as a dynamic, ‘exceptionally customer-focused team’ who have responded to challenging times, targeting skills to maximise benefits to the firm they support. To quote one nominator, ‘in an economic environment where Information Resources expenditure is being reduced across the legal profession, this team has managed to both reduce spend and improve service quality by assiduous review of source materials, and enhanced focus and analysis capabilities’. They provide a developed, bespoke, effective and intuitive know-how system and deliver ‘incisive research every time.’”

Best Legal Information Services outside London (Commercial Sector): 

The Harvey Ingram LLP Knowledge Management and Information Unit

The President summarised the nomination responses for this service as follows:

“Against all the odds, such as no incentives and no reduction in fee earner targets, the Knowledge Management team have managed to create a natural organic KM system, which will lay the foundations for the future of the law firm. This has been an enormous effort over a twelve-month period. In addition, the team ‘consistently provides valuable and extensive support throughout the entire firm for any research, legal or information needs’ and, according to one nominator, they ‘never fail to help me with a positive and cheery attitude.’”

See Halsbury’s Awards for further information.

About LexisNexis 
LexisNexis® 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], LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 15,000 employees worldwide.

In the UK, LexisNexis online services include Lexis®Library - 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.

About Halsbury's Laws
For over a hundred years, now well into its Fifth Edition and an established online resource, Halsbury’s Laws has been a byword for excellence and authority across the whole spectrum of English law. Halsbury’s Laws is the authoritative comprehensive treatment of English law, written by or in consultation with leading academics and practitioners in every field, ensuring that, whatever their business, legal professionals have the best legal information to hand when they need it.

The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) was formed in 1969 as an independent and self-supporting body to promote the better management of law libraries and legal information units in United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and to represent the interests of law librarians and legal information professionals, and other suppliers of legal literature and reference materials.

It has in excess of 900 members, both personal and institutional, who work in the courts, government departments, higher education, chambers, law firms, the professional bodies, commercial and other organisations with legal information units and in publishing and book supplying.

It provides training courses, conferences, journals and other publications, a website, a mailing list, bursaries, a duplicates’ exchange scheme and meetings for members. It promotes awards for excellence. It co-operates with other organisations nationally and internationally.

Media Contacts:

Mandy Blanks
PR Manager
LexisNexis UK
T: 0207 400 2874 

Catherine McArdle
Chair, BIALL PR & Promotions Committee
T: 020 7242 4371