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Building a strategy to exploit the Internet in the new millennium is one of the key issues to be discussed at a new IT conference and exhibition for lawyers.Legal IT 2000, organised by Cordial Events and sponsored by Legal Week, is being staged at the Business Design Centre, Islington on 2-3 February, 2000.Richard Cohen, one of the speakers at seminars being held throughout the event and co-founder of Epoch Software, the company behind the Freeserve Legal Desktop Service, believes firms face a clear choice. “Firms need a digital strategy. Without it they face certain death,” he said.“It is all about delivery and pricing of legal services; the system of hourly pricing for services is coming to an end. Clients will want to receive legal information and documents at low cost and the Internet is the best means of achieving this,” Cohen added.The conference will consist of an exhibition and a series of seminars. The exhibition will focus on companies that provide IT to law firms. But director David Collins said: “People are not going to come just to see IT products any more. We are adding more value to their stay by offering them more attractions.”Charles Christian, publisher of the Legal Technology Insider, is co-ordinating the seminar sessions. Five other speakers will be addressing the event; each will be looking at how the use of technology can boost a legal practice.Christian said: “Most people now know what technology is but this event is about using it to build a business rather than just a basic business application.”The former barrister-turned-technology commentator will be offering 20 essential tips that every law firm should take into account to ensure computer installation projects run problem-free.Other subjects covered in the seminars will include how IT can help law firms and the impact of the Internet. Alongside the seminars will be an exhibition of the latest technology in the field, with more than 40 companies expected to be plying their wares.Those signed up for the exhibition include Axxia Systems, Norwel Computer Services and Resolution Software.For more details contact: 0171 221 1155.

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