Legal Libraries 2017

Register for Legal Libraries 2017 to understand how to capitalise on technology and raise the profile of the evolving role of library and information services in your law firm in order to add value.

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  • 28 September, 2017
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • etc. venues Norton Folgate, Bishopsgate Court, 4-12 Norton Folgate, London, E1 6DQ, United Kingdom (View Map)

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09:00 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chair's opening remarks

Sue Fuller, Regional Manager of Research & Library Services, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP


09:40 Explaining how we are at the forefront of a new era of IT-led knowledge management

  • Determining how your responsibilities have grown over the past 5 years
  • Why technology is becoming more important to the long-term strategy and competitiveness of legal businesses
  • Getting your lawyers to use the latest research tools to pursue their sector specialisations

CJ Anderson, Head of Information & Research, Linklaters LLP

10:20 Session details coming soon

10:40 The role of innovation and technology in shaping legal libraries

  • Future law firm 'library' models
  • How librarians are embracing new technologies to create a dynamic community in their businesses
  • Expanding the library system: offering mobile and online access, such as e-books, audio books, research databases and archives

Sandra Smythe, Knowledge Manager, Mishcon de Reya

11:20 Networking coffee break


11:50 A masterclass in copyright and licence literacy

This short interactive and practical workshop run by Naomi Korn will:

  • Provide an overview of the importance of understanding your copyright responsibilities if you are acquiring, creating, curating, using, sharing and publishing content
  • Help you understand that copyright literacy in libraries mean contract literacy – and the importance of reading and understanding the small print
  • Guide you through the types of licences you are likely to encounter and key licence terms to be aware of
  • Demonstrate the value of developing good negotiation skills and help you develop strategies to get the best deals for your library

Naomi Korn, IP Consultant

12:50 Networking lunch break


13:50 Getting the most value out of your licensing and subscription arrangements

  • Determining how many subscriptions to maintain in your firm
  • Assessing the value of subscriptions: collating feedback from the business
  • Collaborating to co-ordinate subscriptions centrally
  • Negotiating for a fair deal


Sue Fuller, Regional Manager of Research & Library Services, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP


Suzanne Cornthwaite, Library & Research Manager, White & Case

Helen Cafferata, National Information Services Manager, Berrymans Lace Mawer

Karen Gray, Information and Research Services Manager, Gowling WLG

Jackie Fishleigh, Library and Information Manager, Payne Hicks Beach



14:50 How current awareness provision is evolving and can add value for law firms

  • How current awareness provision has developed in recent years
  • Key challenges – content, technology and end user expectations
  • How library and information professionals can add value and shape current awareness strategy

Catherine Jackson, Knowledge Manager, Content & Systems, Eversheds Sutherland LLP

15:30 Afternoon coffee break


16:00 The link between the library/IS function and increased revenues and profits

  • Supporting your firm's business development activities – clients, targets, sectors, service lines and pitches
  • Extending the reach and influence of the function through actionable insight
  • Managing your own internal relationships
  • Fine-tuning performance – commoditisation versus high value – getting the balance right

Lance Sapsford, Director of Business Development & Marketing, Ince & Co


16:40 Knowledge management toolkit for law librarians

The goal for library professionals is to create connections — to people and knowledge — at the precise moment of highest need. That goal is shared by knowledge management professionals who often bring a different perspective to knowledge sharing, and have access to different technology to automate forms and workflow, categorise work product and search collections with precision and accuracy.

We will close this conference with an open discussion on how to integrate all of your firm's knowledge functions in new and innovative ways.

Silvia A. LeBlanc, Director of Knowledge Management, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

17:00 Close of conference


Full Description

Register your place at this event to:

  • Use knowledge mined by information services to drive revenue and profits
  • Shape your current awareness strategy to add value for your fee earners
  • Understand how technology can enable new models of information service delivery
  • Maximise your budget by determining the most effective licensing strategy for your firm
  • Become copyright literate and know your responsibilities when acquiring, creating, curating and sharing content


Legal Libraries 2017
Charting the rise of the new librarian

The role of the librarian working in a law firm has always been a central support role. In today's increasingly competitive market, this role is evolving to encompass more responsibility, more opportunity for collaboration, and crucially, a chance to add more value to your firm.

While recognising the important role of technology, this year's conference will examine how market demands are calling for a modern and embedded librarian. The new librarian works more closely with key stakeholders to drive value; technology is embraced as a powerful tool, enabling quicker and more easily accessible information and the profit-generating abilities of an information services function are fully realised and prioritised.

How can you evolve with your role? What tasks and priorities will increase the value your role brings to your firm? And how can you further raise the profile of the information services function to your fee earners? 

Get the answers to these questions and more at Legal Libraries 2017.

Key themes for 2017

  • Innovative practices and technology in shaping the new legal library
  • Technology and emerging trends for library functions
  • Current awareness strategy and adding value for fee earners
  • Best practice for subscription management
  • Your copyright and licensing responsibilities revisited

Hear from trailblazing firms, including:

  • Linklaters
  • Mishcon de Reya
  • White & Case
  • Gowling WLG
  • Berrymans Lace Mawer

A trusted forum for 9 years
Now in its 9th year, this one-day conference is designed to help you unite with information services professionals, track the ways in which your role is evolving and make changes to further add value to your firm.

Legal Libraries: Feedback from past delegates

"Great inspiration and ideas from people doing the same role as me"
Zoe Wright, DLA Piper

"Some great tips and thought-provoking content"
Sara Brittain, Baker & McKenzie

"Very useful - it's unusual to go to a conference where all of the speakers/topics are so relevant and useful! Very impressed"
Laura Woods, Addleshaw Goddard

Early bird prices
Save up to £70 on your conference place with our early bird saver rates:

  • Book before Friday 21 July 2017 and save £100. Pay £475 for your place
  • Book before Friday 1 September 2017 and save £50. Pay £495 for your place

You'll pay £545 for this conference when you register after Friday 1 September 2017.

Related content

Q&A: Uniting your business development and library teams 
Lance Sapsford, Business Development and Marketing Director at Ince & Co. discusses how the business development and library functions would benefit from initiatives to strengthen their working relationship, and outlines how he thinks a library function can raise their profile within a firm.