Microsoft Word 2013 for Law Firms publishes 1 April and is available at a big discount from The Book Depository (currently £24.08).
This 766 page paperback focuses on those features of Microsoft Word 2013 that are relevant to the legal community, this updated edition of the Payne Group’s market-leading guide to Word provides industry-specific information about Word that will help legal professionals operate effectively and efficiently in their environment. A companion website also includes customized legal templates and documents, hands-on exercises, and practice files, among many other services. Whether they are using Word for the first time or simply updating to the most recent version, readers will find all of the information they’ll need to increase their productivity and make the most out of Microsoft’s word processing program in this expert manual.
It is also available as an ebook.
Legal IT Insider has a helpful review entitled Read this book if you use Word – read this book if you want reasons not to use Word.
Why read this book rather than any other guide to Microsoft Word? Firstly, the authors were original members of the Microsoft Legal Advisory Council and have worked with Microsoft Office and Word going right back 20 years. Secondly, this book is specifically targeted at the Word-using requirements of the legal profession, taking into account lawyers’ constant need to create complex, lengthy documents that have unique (and sometimes court-sanctioned) formatting requirements – whereas similar books focus on the broader professional market. This is particularly evident in the Expert Tips (made by both PayneGroup writers and external commentators) that accompany the text although the Caution notes of warning are also essential reading.
The new 9th edition of Sinclair on Warranties and Indemnities on Share and Asset Sales will publish in March 2014. It has been substantially revised to reflect changes in law, convention and practice.
It serves as an easy-to-navigate guide to the complexities involved in warranties and indemnities. For both share and asset sales it goes through all the processes involved. So whether you are a buyer or a seller you’ll get a better understanding of the steps you need to take and the requirements you need to fulfil.
The new edition includes:
- New content in relation to the ‘employee shareholder’ regime introduced in 2013.
- Updates to IT, intellectual property, data protection and employment related warranties to reflect developments since the last edition and the increasingly widespread use and relevance of social media.
- Updates to reflect the impact of various regulatory changes introduced since 2011, including the taking over of the responsibilities of the Financial Services Authority by the newly established Financial Conduct Authority.
The new 5th edition of The Media and Business Contracts Handbook by Deborah Fosbrook and Adrian Laing is published this week by Bloomsbury Professional. It is a master reference book combining a knowledge of contract, copyright and commercial practice to provide over 90 ready to use and adapt expertly drafted contracts, licences, acquisition, distribution, termination, buyout agreements and other documents and letters.
It provides the tools for the user to construct a contract in a logical format and draft the terms in language that both parties can easily understand and put into practice and the accompanying CD-ROM reduces administration time in the office and allows the user to amend the documents quickly or to cut and paste relevant sections and will also be updated.
The Media and Business Contracts Handbook has a number of functions …
The new 6th edition of The A-Z of Contract Clauses by Deborah Fosbrook and Adrian Laing is published this week by Bloomsbury Professional. It is a master toolkit of contract clauses drafted by experts in copyright and contract.
Save time and effort when creating a new licence, option, assignment or agreement for services for a contributor; drafting heads of agreements; amending a contract a third party has sent you; or updating and amending your existing in house contracts.
Organised clearly by subject area, each main clause heading is further broken down across types of use such as film and television, general business and commercial, internet, websites, merchandising, publishing, services, and educational. Clauses are drafted from different angles and also some are more innovative.
Published February 2014 by Jordan Publishing, A Modern Approach to Lifetime Tax Planning for Private Clients (with Precedents) begins by looking at the essential legal framework of giving and tax law through a combination of detailed and authoritative commentary, worked examples and precedents. It then examines specific topics including: trusts and settlements, the family, and looks at particular assets such as the family home, CGT main residence relief, chattels, businesses and farms, investments, and insurance based products. It then goes on to examine tax planning using statutory reliefs and exemptions including joint ownership of land/sharing arrangements, gifts for family maintenance, normal expenditure out of income, charitable giving.
New from Bloomsbury Professional is the 9th edition of this “practical but erudite volume” edited by Lynette Owen.
This comprehensive and unrivalled book provides model agreements, covering a variety of publishing circumstances from head contracts to a range of licensing scenarios.
Together with detailed explanatory notes, appendices covering areas of licensing which for practical reasons cannot easily be covered by a single precedent, a separate overview of legal developments and a CD containing the text of the precedents, this text is invaluable in drafting effective publishing agreements.
For the 5th edition of Drafting Commercial Agreements the commentary and precedents have been updated to take account of current legislation, case law and practice. In particular the fifth edition has considered the following new developments:
- New EU legislation, including the Directive on Consumer Rights (2011) (creating new regimes for distance and off-premises contracts and amendments to the Unfair Contract Terms and Guarantee Directives, and to the general law governing consumer contracts)
- The latest Block Exemption for Vertical Agreements (2010) (with its effect on agency and distribution agreements)
- The Directive on Late Payment for Commercial Transactions (2011)
- The Commission’s latest proposals (in 2013) for a Directive on civil damages for infringements of the EU antitrust rules (together with recommendations that member states institute collective redress procedures for such infringements)
- Changes to the Technology Transfer Block Exemption (2004)
- Developments in employment law, including abolition of the retirement age, new proposals on directors’ remuneration (particularly under the Enterprise and Regulatory form Act 2013) and the current position on dealing with pension funds in deficit
- The new regime for registration of charges under the Companies Acts brought in from April 2013
It also covers changes to UK Competition Law, including the new regulatory framework under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, and its impact on mergers, acquisitions, anticompetitive agreements and the cartel offence), the current UK position on damages for breach of the Competition Act, 1998 (as discussed in Devenish v Sanofi-Aventis and Albion Water v Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig) and the latest position on land agreements brought under the Competition Act since 2010.
Negotiating Software Contracts 5th edition, just out from Bloomsbury, covers the legal, regulatory and commercial issues relating to the drafting and negotiating of software contracts. Using a combination of legislation, cases and sample clauses, this book will help the reader understand the full range of software contracts, from both the suppliers’ and the customers’ viewpoints.
The revised fifth edition of this commercially-focused title includes the following practical resources:
- Examples of the different types of software licence agreements
- A checklist of the contents of a typical software licence agreement
- Explanations of the key principles of negotiation
- Tactics and techniques for successful negotiations
- Guidance on the use of non-verbals in negotiation
- A CD containing the relevant precedents
Negotiating Software Contracts is a must-read for trainees, newly qualified solicitors and barristers in IT law, in-house counsel and regional, medium and small niche firms specialising in IT, commercial and contract law. IT consultants, salesmen, procurement officers and directors will also benefit from the expert guidance offered in this book.
HotDocs today announced the official launch of HotDocs Cloud Services – a cloud-based platform that facilitates the embedding of HotDocs automated document generation technologies into an organisation’s own process systems.
HotDocs is used by thousands of law firms, legal publishers, financial institutions and government bodies to streamline the process of creating repeat documentation.
HotDocs Cloud Services harnesses the benefits of cloud computing and offers existing and new customers an innovative alternative to on-premise, closed and proprietary document generation products, instead providing flexible access to our industrial strength cloud platform and integration tools on a “pay as you use’” basis.
HotDocs Cloud Services is a subscription service that customers can start using immediately. The new technology, which has been in beta testing for over a year, comes with a toolbox of integration applications that enable rapid deployment of HotDocs templates into many web applications, customers’ cloud or on premise applications. A key design feature of Cloud Services enables the transmission of data between a web application and the document generation engine without the long-term storage of sensitive data in the cloud. Essentially, once Cloud Services has utilised a data set for the purpose of generating a document, the data is deleted – an approach with complies with the data-protection policies of most risk averse organisations.
Drafting and Negotiating IT Contracts 3rd edition, just out from Bloomsbury Professional, provides a perspective on IT contracts that is practical rather than academic, it contains an informed narrative designed to assist when negotiating a wide range of contracts, supported by an extensive collection of precedents. It ensures that those who have different objectives to achieve in agreeing the contract can all find their solution in this book.
It shows how building in flexibility is an integral part of constructing contracts.
For practical help it contains:
- Explanations of complex legal concepts
- Help in identifying the risk factors involved if various provisions are omitted or left unchallenged
- Valuable template contracts are provided as starting points
useful checklists to aid the contract drafting process
- An accompanying CD allowing the book to be read and used in digital form, and ensuring easy access to the precedents
For those who wish to understand the wider legal context this edition also examines the legislation and case law underpinning IT contracts.
This third edition is packed full of updates and new content, such as a new chapter that discusses the negotiability of contracts between cloud computing providers and customers, sections on software and digital business that cover the evolution of new forms of software provision, both on- and off-line, conventionally and as a service, as well as models for agile and traditional software development agreements.