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Recessionary Tales – events next to take a hit?

Marcus Evans events has just cancelled its London e-discovery conference, that was scheduled to take place at the end (26 & 27) of February. The organisers said “due to unforeseeable circumstances we can not guarantee the high standard of event that we are committed to. We have therefore had to make the decision to postpone this conference…”

We're also hearing a number of IT vendors saying that although they will attend next month's event because they are already committed, they are not planning to reserve stand spaces for the 2010 Islington Design Centre Legal IT exhibition. Their view is that in the current economic climate, staying in the office and hanging onto their jobs – not wandering around IT exhibitions – is the main priority of law firm IT managers and directors. They say that if the economy does show signs of recovery, they may reconsider their position nearer the time but are not prepared to commit (and pay) so far in advance.