OK, sharpen your knives, dip your pens in bile, Informa has just sent out some details on its plans for the 2009 Islington Legal IT show. We'd be interested in hearing from any suppliers who have decided not to attend this year. And re the keynote speaker – 'yes' we weren't aware that Gerald Ratner was a legal IT vendor either. Here is the announcement in full…

New elements ensure that Legal IT 2009 will be the biggest and best show to date
 
When the Legal IT Show 2009 opens its doors from 4th to 5th February 2009 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, visitors and delegates will be benefiting from the biggest and most market driven event to date. Several new elements such as a highly informative conference, round table sessions and keynote speaker sessions, have been added to the programme to make this year’s event the can’t-miss show for IT and software decision-makers within the legal profession.
 
Given the current economic climate, the legal profession is under more pressure than ever to provide a better service whilst also cutting costs; employing new technology is a vital step in achieving this. The Legal IT Show is the only event dedicated to legal IT in Europe and the exhibition offers a great snapshot of the latest developments in the fast moving legal IT sector.
 
The popular exhibition will offer firms of all sizes the opportunity to meet the industry's leading providers under one roof and understand their new offerings, saving valuable time. For those who like their statements short and sweet, the exciting New Product Launch Pad will give exhibitors the opportunity to showcase new products and services at Speakers’ Corner.
 
Created and run by a highly skilled conference specialist team at ICBI, the new Legal IT Show Conference will offer delegates first hand insight from the profession's major figures to help them tackle IT and law firm management issues. Practitioner-led case studies and panel discussions will look at topics such as using technology within an aggressive growth strategy, and innovative ways to use existing technology to cut costs and streamline business processes. The conference will take place in separate, fully serviced conference rooms at the Business Design Centre and delegates will hear from law firm IT Directors and practising lawyers on how they are using technology to respond to today’s business challenges.
 
In the meantime, the exhibition floor will be a buzz with several exciting new features, such as the Roundtable sessions, which will be open to all visitors. These sessions will also be focusing on the very latest issues impacting law firms, held as an informal discussion, each with an expert host.
 
All visitors can also attend the new Keynote Speaker Sessions at Speakers’ Corner. Amongst others, visitors can learn how Gerald Ratner managed to claw his way back to the top after several ups and downs in his business career. Not to be missed.
 
The event has always offered a fantastic networking platform, but with all the added features this year, it promises to be even more of a hub for meeting, discussing business and swapping ideas with the industry’s leading peers, suppliers and potential business partners.
 
For more information or to register for either a visitor’s pass or for the conference, please log onto www.legalitshow.com Those interested in further information on exhibiting can contact Matthew Robinson at ICBI on 020 7017 5755 or email matthew.robinson@informa.com