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The revival of legal blogging

Most lawyers prefer to explain the law to their own clients rather than to the world in general. Such an approach is short-sighted, writes David Allen Green

1 February 2016

About two or three years ago it seemed legal blogging had gone as far as it could. There were many good legal bloggers - some outstanding ones - but legal blogging had not really taken off, at least among practitioners. It instead appeared to be a medium dominated by academics, other non-practitioners, barristers towards the start of their careers, or by solicitors with too much time on their hands.

This was a pity, as blogging is a wonderful way to explain law to a wider audience. Of course, there is no shortage of ways of writing about law, from notices and reviews to case summaries statutes, contracts and pleadings, which are the very stuff of the subject.

But blogging offered something new: it could be done quickly in response to emerging events, there was no need for print deadlines or word counts, and you could link to the sources on which you were relying. It was like pamphleteering with elec...

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