The Law Society of Scotland has recorded its first podcast at its annual nothing.but.the.net (NBTN) conference, which took place on Tuesday 3rd October at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. Now in its seventh year, the legal IT conference is one of the Society’s best-attended events and intends to reach an even wider audience via an online broadcast, which listeners will be able to click onto from the Society’s website.  
 
The podcast, which is being produced by financial and legal systems developers Lonelypixel in association with multimedia and podcasting specialists bPod, will take the form of a round table discussion during the event and will be chaired by the Society’s IT director Gordon Brewster with panel guests including the Society’s chief executive Douglas Mill, NBTN convenor and solicitor advocate Paul Motion from Brechin Tindal Oatts, and Charles Christian, editor of Legal Technology Insider (and The Orange Rag)
 
Gordon Brewster, director of IT at the Society, is excited about this latest addition to the Society’s portfolio of hi-tech training options for solicitors. He said: “Podcasting may seem pretty alien to some solicitors, but it’s becoming more widely used by companies, including some legal firms, as a serious business and marketing tool and is not simply for teenagers who want to download from the internet on to their MP3 players or iPods.
 
“The nothing.but.the.net podcast will be sharp, lively and moreover, highly informative experience for listeners. Unlike some podcasts, this will not be a lecture, but more like a radio show with a panel of experts who will explore some of the highlights of the conference and discuss issues which directly affect solicitors.
 
“It’s all part of making continuing professional development (CPD) more accessible. All solicitors must complete 20 CPD hours annually and we are thinking creatively to ensure that we use technology to its full potential so they can do this in ways that suit them individually. Podcasting complements the series of CPD DVDs we are producing and the new CPD Online service which was launched by the Society in the summer.
 
“While it’s important to attend key seminars and conferences, the technology now available offers huge benefits for busy solicitors trying to maintain a better work/life balance. Being able to download learning material outwith office hours – whether at home, while travelling or in the office – offers much needed flexibility for solicitors while helping ensure that they keep on top of the latest developments and changes in law.”
 
This year’s nothing.but.the.net keynote speaker was Charles Christian who made his predictions for the ever-increasing use of technology in the legal profession. Sessions included legal aid online, IT in civil courts and the electronic presentation of evidence in court. There will also be a number of round table discussions and a live demonstration of current courtroom technology and how it can be used to both gather and present crime scene evidence.
 
Paul Bogacki, Business Development Manager at Lonely Pixel, said:  “Its is great to be working with the Society on this project and an opportunity to demonstrate technology which has the potential to have a real impact on solicitors.” Murray Blair, producer at bPod, added: “The latest technologies allow us to promote events and distribute information in an easily consumed manner. Podcasting makes this happen – it’ll be fascinating to see how the legal world reacts.”
 
To listen to the podcast, log on to the Society’s website at www.lawscot.org.uk and click on the link to download it from Monday, 7th October.