Conference 2017: Manchester

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Conference Presentations 2017


Plenary Session 1

Keynote address and Willi Steiner Memorial Lecture Informing the debate about Brexit – David Allen Green

Parallel Session 1:

Managing a successful virtual team – Eleanor Windsor

Teaching OSCOLA – Erin Bloxsidge / Alison Skoles

Working together to provide an enquiry service to Shell’s legal community: a story of collaboration between client and law firm – Miriam Davies (Slides) / Hilary Smith (Slides)

Copyright questions answered – Andrew Greenan (Slides) / Henry Petit (Slides) / Naomi Korn (Slides)

Lightning Talks

Researching deals and markets: why don’t the sources agree? – Ian Hunter (Slides)

Simplicity is the key to brilliance – David Bartolone  (Slides)

Information literacy, what it means to us as librarians and how to get it across to other people – Terence Dooley (Slides)

Parallel Sessions 2

Insights Discovery – Kendyl Clarke

Trial, error and trouble … the trials and tribulations of everyday librarians developing a library website –   (Slides)

Working together while in different offices: from wiki to project platform – Ann-Christin Karlén Gramming / Elisabeth Ejemyr /Elin Thunell


Plenary Session 2:

Human or machine – why not human AND machine? – Nick West

Parallel Sessions 3

Knowledge management: from zero to hero (or thereabouts): a systems case study from Shearman & Sterling LLP – Jon Beaumont (Slides)

Powerful communication techniques to get you noticed at work – Neil Currams (Slides)

Library services at a stretch…collaboration’s what you need – Stephanie Verlander /Angela Wright (Slides)

Lightning Talks

The future of training: techniques and technology – Rachel Edmonds (Slides)

Embedding academic skills in undergraduate law: challenges and reflections – Sue Shreeve & Julie Hamley (Slides)

Bringing order to chaos: the importance of unreported judgments – Aidan Hawes (Slides)

The increasing importance of competitive intelligence in law firms – Kristie Robertson (Slides)

Parallel Sessions 4

Using the BIALL Professional Skills Framework for staff development at Dentons: experience and lessons learnt – Karen Brown

How to get students into the Library: revamping a University Library’s Welcome Campaign – Corryn Walker (Slides)

Finding the law in the Caribbean: a guide to Caribbean legal research – Capt Junior Browne (Slides)


Plenary Session 3

BIALL annual law firm library survey: key findings and interesting trends – Janet Scoones (Slides)

Plenary Session 4

Hidden treasures: digitising the Law Society’s corporate archive – Michael Maher / Alice Tyson (Slides)

Key Themes

Our 2017 focus is Together or apart? Effective ways of working which will allow us to explore different working practices and working relationships, training techniques, tech solutions and the role of our professional networks, as well as the Brexit vote and its potential impact. We hope to explore and reflect on some of the great strengths of our profession – the friendship and camaraderie both in our teams but also across organisations and sectors along with our ability to manage change and to see opportunities for new ways of working, not to mention the resilience we have shown time and time again over the last few years.

Plenary sessions will cover topics from the legal technologies of the future, through to copyright, digital archives and results from the inaugural BIALL Annual Law Firm Survey. These are complemented by the varied parallel sessions and lightning talks, which are back by popular demand following excellent feedback from the 2016 Conference.

Keynote Speaker

David Allen Green

David Allen Green

BIALL are thrilled that David Allen Green will be our Keynote Speaker this year. David is a Senior Consultant at Preiskel & Co., as well as a columnist on law and policy for the Financial Times and a must read legal blogger via his Jack of Kent blog. David will be looking at the likely impact of Brexit on the legal profession.

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Venue Information

Set in the heart of Manchester,The Principal Manchester, formerly known as The Palace Hotel, is just a minute’s walk from Oxford Road Train Station and close to all major transport links including Piccadilly Train Station, M60, M62, M6 and Manchester Airport. The hotel itself is a historical grade II listed red brick building literally oozing with history and character. The hotel’s unique facade, coupled with its distinctive 217-foot tall clock tower marks it out as a recognised landmark within Manchester.

The hotel stands directly opposite the Palace Theatre and is a few minutes from the Opera House and Bridgewater Hall, home of the famous Halle Orchestra. With its excellent transport links, it is also an ideal base for touring Greater Manchester and the surrounding countryside. The Principal Manchester’s 275 modern and contemporary bedrooms guarantee a comfortable and memorable stay.

Address: Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
Phone: 0161 288 1111

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