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Winners of Prestigious Halsbury's Awards 2011 Announced

Halsbury's Awards recognise, celebrate and reward dedicated performance and outstanding service in the legal information sector

LONDON, 29 June 2011 – LexisNexis UK (, a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, announced the winners of the Halsbury's Awards 2011 at the 42nd British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Annual Conference held this month.


These unique legal information service awards recognise the committed performance and exceptional service given by legal information professionals, law librarians and legal collections and resources teams.

Nominations for the three award categories were received from the law library and legal information professions and the law sector itself.  The adjudication panel was made up of representatives from BIALL and LexisNexis®. The winners of in each category include:

Best Legal Information Service (Non-Commercial Sector):
The Scottish Government Solicitors Legal Information Centre

Best London Legal Information Service (Commercial Sector):
BLP Library and Information Services

Best Legal Information Service outside London (Commercial Sector):
Ward Hadaway Information Services

Angela Donaldson, chair of the adjudication panel for the Halsbury's Awards 2011, said: "The Halsbury's Awards reputation for recognising quality in legal information provision continues to grow.  This year saw an unprecedented number of nominations, which was particularly pleasing given the continuing difficult economic climate facing us all.  The winners for 2011 are all highly effective teams who add value to their own organisations and reflect the qualities that we associate with Halsbury’s".

Simon Hetherington, publisher of Halsbury's Laws of England, said:  "The recovery from recession has a sting in its tail which is being acutely felt by the legal community; even more than before, the value and efficiency that libraries and information services can add to their respective organisations is crucial to growth and in some cases to survival."


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 legal solutions include: Lexis®PSL, Lexis®Check and Lexis®Library - named Online Product of the Year at the Legal Technology Awards. Published resources include both Butterworths and Tolley. LexisNexis provides the most comprehensive source of legal and tax commentary in the UK.

About Halsbury’s Laws
For over a hundred years, and 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 the 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 800 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. Visit for more information.

Further information about the Halsbury’s Awards can be found at 

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