In what the company claims are two firsts for the UK legal profession, online legal resource www.casecheck.co.uk, has launched an eBook of case summaries and a new, web-based Continuing Professional Development (CPD) recorder, to improve accessibility of key information to lawyers when they are on the move.

The CaseCheck eBook is the first of its kind in the UK with more than 700 case summaries from 2012 available free to CaseCheck subscribers on their mobile devices, saving them time, money and space. The Case Law Digest is a digitally delivered reference work that will be produced each year, along with quarterly digests, and covers both substantive and procedural areas of law.

The new CaseCheck CPD recorder is also believed to be a first for the legal profession and is a unique, user-friendly system that automatically inputs time spent researching case law and enables lawyers to update and review their CPD activities through a single, online portal.

The CPD and eBook developments are part of a range of enhancements to CaseCheck that have been taking place over the last six months ahead of its move to charge a minimal subscription fee. The expansion of the service also includes the addition of an extensive database of Personal Injury cases dating back to 2004. The CPD recorder easily tracks progress and produces a personalised report at the end of the year, reducing the hassle, time and cost associated with tracking professional development activities throughout the year.

Speaking about the latest innovations to its service, CaseCheck founder and director Stephen Moore said “More and more lawyers are doing business on the move so making case summaries available as an eBook, as well as available via our mobile site, and enabling lawyers to record their CPD activity through a portal, seemed like obvious ways to help the profession adapt to today’s changing work environment. We are providing the eBooks of case summaries and the CPD recorder as part of our overall service to subscribers, which also includes weekly updates of case summaries and a wide database of case law. All that is available from as little as £2 per week which is tremendous value.”

CaseCheck now has more than 25,000 subscribers and has experienced record demand in the last 12 months. With the range of enhancements that have been added, and with more to come, CaseCheck is introducing a minimal user fee which is as little as £2 per week for individual users. Until now, the service has been offered on a no fee basis.

Murray Mathieson, Director of CaseCheck, added “We feel the time is right to introduce a minimal paywall structure to CaseCheck. The strength and depth of our offering is excellent and continuing to improve and the level of appreciation we are getting from users is consistently positive. We are confident the majority of our 25,000 existing subscribers will continue with our service and that new users will be attracted.”

COMMENT: CaseCheck are being brave – it is a very hard act to convert a free publication into a paid-for-behind-a-firewall proposition – as even Rupert Murdoch has discovered.