CHAMBERS DIRECTOR AT 2
3 GRAY’S INN SQUARE WINS PRIZE
FOR NEW SYSTEM OF CLASSIFYING LEGAL INFORMATION
The Chambers’ Director at 2
3 Gray’s Inn Square, Lynne Orsborn, is a member of the team which has
won the prestigious
Innovation in Knowledge
Management Award at the 2006 Legal IT Forum
annual awards dinner held at the Gleneagles Hotel in mid
Mark Lowe QC, Head of Chambers, said:
“We extend our congratulations to Lynne, and are very pleased that her work in this important area,
helping to improve communication on legal issues in a fast
changing area, has been recognised.
started work on this award winning project, designing a Taxonomy to allow for easy communication
between law firms and their clients, when she worked in
ouse at Shell.
We have been pleased to assist
her to continue this work after she joined as Chambers’ Director at the beginning of this year.
She was in a team, co
ordinated under the aegis of LITIG (Legal IT Innovators Group), with Andrew
Dey and Victo
ria Martin from Barclays’ Legal departments and Charlotte Russell
of Reuters and now at Lloyd’s TSB.
Their brief was to design a mechanism whereby the plethora of
information sent out by law firms relating to both legal developments
and training could be managed by
house legal teams where resources are more stretched.
The concept can be applied any number of
groups of people where information is exchanged regularly by electronic means and allows for easy
classification and retrie
val of information.
Very early it was recognised that the
issue was how to communicate effectively.
(classification scheme) is a method whereby you can relate very complicated internal classification
schemes to a simple list of terms
by which to categorise legal information arriving from outside your
house legal departments are
to transfer data directly onto their own intranets,
using nothing more sophisticated than a spreadsheet, if necessary, so that the inform
ation is sent
automatically to the right place in their own internal systems. A number of top
10 solicitors’ firms
have already signed up to use the prize
winning taxonomy, and more are in the pipe
To test its applicability, Barclays Legal also dev
eloped a training calendar which has the taxonomy at
the heart of it. This won the Best In
house Counsel IT Project award at Gleneagles too.
Chambers has supported Lynne’s continuing involvement in this area because we recognise it as a vital
part of simp
lifying legal communications with clients and collaborating with other solicitors and
Chambers. We are also using the concepts as part of the revision of our own website.
For more information on the taxonomy, go to
and to download it, use this link