A description of the PLC Property professional support service.
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PLC Property provides a specialist online service that will:
Keep subscribers up-to-date with developments in law and practice relevant to property law, and the practical implications of the changes, without deluging them with irrelevant information.
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Provide access to a bank of material that is constantly updated to reflect the latest changes in law and practice.
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Provide focused training materials to support the Legal updates and new materials published on PLC Property, and to facilitate subscribers acquiring the necessary continuing professional development (CPD) points.
For details, see Training materials.
The service is designed and run by Practical Law Company's team of property specialists, who have had extensive experience of property law in practice. PLC's professional support teams are not employed as solicitors or barristers and the individuals are not practising:
Judith Pain worked at Allen & Overy for 13 years, specialising in commercial property. She spent the first seven years working on transactions, and then set up and ran the professional support service for the property department before joining PLC in 2000. Judith is head of PLC Property. Judith is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Arjun Ahluwalia joined PLC in September 2012 as a paralegal for the PLC Tax, PLC Private Client and PLC Share Schemes & Incentives. He now works as a paralegal for PLC Property, PLC Construction and PLC Environment. Arjun read law at the University of Oxford (St John’s College), graduating in 2009. He was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 2009 and spent a year working in a voluntary capacity with the Free Representation Unit before going on to complete an LLM in Public Law and Human Rights from University College London, for which he was awarded a Merit.
Stephanie Baker trained at Edwin Coe qualifying into the property department in September 2001. She moved to the commercial property department at Forsters in May 2003 where she worked until October 2011. She advised clients on a broad range of commercial property transactions with a particular emphasis on complicated development sites. She has acted for institutional investors, developers, landlords and tenants. Stephanie joined PLC Property in November 2011. She is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Hazel Barton worked at McKenna & Co (now CMS Cameron McKenna) upon qualification. She then became a commercial property partner at Argles & Court, where she worked for six years. More recently, Hazel worked for Herbert Smith and Cripps Harries Hall before joining PLC Property in 2002. Hazel is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Megan Bennett graduated from Durham University in 2012 with a First in Law (LLB (Hons)). She joined PLC in September 2012 as a paralegal for PLC Property, PLC Construction and PLC Environment.
Jude Cairns trained and worked at Linklaters for two years on qualification. In October 2002 she joined the Property Team at the Law Commission where she worked for five years on a number of projects, including the Easements, Covenants and Profits project. In 2008, Jude moved to the property department of Manches as a professional support lawyer. She joined PLC Property in January 2012. Jude is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Caroline Cox trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and joined their real estate department in September 2001. She spent seven years there after qualification advising both private and public sector clients on a variety of property and planning transactions. Prior to training as a solicitor Caroline worked for eight years in both the private and public sectors as a town planner. She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Caroline joined PLC in December 2008. Caroline is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Suzanne Dray trained at Burges Salmon and on qualification joined the commercial property department, specialising in property insolvency transactions. In 1994 she moved to Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills), where she acted for development clients and provided corporate support. In 2001 Suzanne became the real estate PSL at Mayer Brown. Suzanne joined PLC in September 2011 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Carrie Faller trained at Gouldens (now Jones Day) qualifying into the commercial property department in 1984 and becoming a partner in 1989. She joined Trowers & Hamlins in 1994, becoming a partner in 1995 and then moved as a partner to Farrer & Co in 2008. Carrie has advised clients on a wide range of commercial property transactions including acquisitions and disposals (single and portfolio), lettings (offices and retail) and corporate support, acting for institutional clients, foreign investors, commercial and retail tenants, wealthy individuals and public bodies. Carrie joined PLC Property in June 2012 and is not practising at PLC.
Harpal Jutley graduated from City University, London with a 2:1 in Law (LLB (Hons)). He then completed the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, Bloomsbury with a Distinction. He has worked as a paralegal for various small/medium sized law firms and has acted as an advisor for The Legal Advice Centre within The College of Law. He recently worked in the financial services sector with Lloyds Banking Group before joining PLC as a Real Estate Paralegal in September 2011.
Sue Highmore qualified into the Real Estate Department of Linklaters in September 1983, handling investment work, major development projects and advising landlords and tenants of commercial property. From 2002 she headed up the Real Estate PSL service, with particular interest in training and precedent development. Sue joined PLC Property in August 2009. Sue is not practising at PLC.
Joe Jones joined PLC in July 2012 as a paralegal for PLC Property, PLC Construction and PLC Environment. He completed his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Oxford in June 2012. He has previously worked on undergraduate summer schemes at Hogan Lovells and Covington & Burling as well as numerous barristers’ chambers.
Rowena Karim trained at Trowers & Hamlins and joined their commercial property department on qualification in October 2002. She spent four years there working on a broad range of transactions including commercial acquisitions, disposals and lettings before joining PLC Property in December 2006. Rowena is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Elisabeth Lindsay trained at Trowers & Hamlins and practised in their commercial property department for nearly five years after qualification, where she worked on a range of transactions for clients in the public and private sectors. Elisabeth joined PLC Property in 2005 and is now working as a consultant. She is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Nikki Martin trained at Clarke Willmott and joined their commercial property department on qualification in 2001. She then worked at Burges Salmon before moving to the real estate team at Pinsent Masons. In 2005 Nikki joined Osborne Clarke where she acted for banks and financial institutions on the provision of loans to borrowers for acquisition and development purposes and also specialised in advising administrators, liquidators and creditors on corporate and individual insolvency property issues. Nikki joined PLC in October 2008. Nikki is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Jonathan Marshall trained at Paisner & Co (now Berwin Leighton Paisner) and spent three years there after qualification, working on a variety of commercial property matters. In 2000, Jonathan moved to Russell-Cooke, again practising in commercial property. He then spent four years at Devonshires, mainly acting for housing associations on acquisitions, before becoming a property professional support lawyer for them in 2005. He joined PLC Property in February 2006. Jonathan is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Fiona Montagu trained at Allen & Overy and qualified in 1996. She worked as a company/commercial lawyer for four years before moving across to property. Fiona joined PLC Property from Shearman & Sterling in February 2010. Fiona is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Sonia Noon trained with Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens (now SNR Denton) and qualified in 1993. Following work at a number of smaller firms, Sonia joined the property department of Druces & Attlee in 1996, where she advised a range of clients, including pension funds and syndicates of private investors. In 2001, Sonia moved to Lawrence Graham, where she worked for nearly six years in the real estate department, acting for developers and institutions advising on a variety of property matters ranging from sales and purchases and landlord and tenant matters to the development of a large regional shopping centre. Sonia joined PLC Property in April 2007. Sonia is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Anne O'Connor trained at Withers and qualified into the commercial property team in 2010. She studied at the University of Cambridge, the University of St Andrews and Durham University, and before converting to law she enjoyed an academic career as a historian of science at Durham University. Anne joined PLC in July 2012 and is an assistant editor for PLC Property. She is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Liz Parkinson joined Norton Rose upon qualification in 1988. She later worked at Slaughter and May and then Simmons & Simmons in the commercial property departments. More recently she was a partner in the West End firm of Collins Benson Goldhill. Before joining PLC Property in 2004, Liz obtained a distinction in a masters degree in European Real Estate at Kingston University. Liz is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Katharine Paulson joined Macfarlanes as a newly qualified solicitor in 1994 where she worked for 9 years specialising in estate, residential and agricultural law. She worked briefly as an in-house lawyer for a construction company giving general property law advice before joining PLC in October 2011. Katharine is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Liz Pereira trained at SJ Berwin qualifying into the property litigation department in September 2008. She advised institutional landlords, commercial tenants and individuals on a wide variety of property litigation matters. Liz is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Caroline Potter worked at CMS Cameron McKenna since 1982, specialising in commercial property. She spent the first eight years involved in general commercial property transactions before establishing the professional support service for the real estate department. She joined PLC in 2013 and is not practising at PLC.
Omar Roomi studied Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London and graduated with a First. He then went on to study the GDL and attained a Distinction on the LPC at Kaplan Law School. Omar joined PLC in January 2011 as a paralegal for PLC Property, PLC Construction and PLC Environment.
Chloe Shanley trained at Winward Fearon (now Maxwell Winward) and specialised in property litigation upon qualification in 2003. She then joined Nabarro in 2007 where she advised large institutional landlords, developers and commercial tenants on all core property litigation matters. Chloe joined PLC in 2010. Chloe is a non-practising solicitor.
For the complete details of the team, see, PLC Property professional support team (www.practicallaw.com/8-200-9033).
The PLC Property professional support team is supported by the Practical Law Company professional support team, which comprises over 90 former practitioners with experience in corporate law, finance, tax, banking, insolvency, intellectual property, copyright, competition, employment, pensions, environment and dispute resolution.
For details of the teams, see Professional support team (www.practicallaw.com/4-103-0546).
The PLC Property professional support team is also supported by a consultation board of leading experts, who give advice on the direction of the service and are used as a sounding board on points of law and practice:
Andrew Campbell, Clarke Willmott.
John Christian, Pinsent Masons.
Peta Dollar, Freelance lecturer, trainer and writer.
Nicholas Eden, Kinney Green.
Ross Fairley, Burges Salmon.
Stephan Ford, BPP Professional Education Law School.
Michael Garson, Kagan Moss & Co.
Susan Guy, Royal London Group.
Nigel Hewitson, Norton Rose.
Carol Hopper, Allen & Overy.
Caroline Hutton, Enterprise Chambers.
Rupert Jones, Weil Gotshal & Manges.
Vivien King, Bond Pearce.
Pascal Lalande, HM Land Registry.
Judith Pike, Walker Morris.
Simon Ricketts, SJ Berwin.
Sarah Thompson-Copsey, Freelance lecturer, legal trainer and author.
James Turner, Thomas Eggar.
Neil Walker, Browne Jacobson.
Tristan Ward, Macfarlanes.
For full details of the Consultation board members, see PLC Property Consultation board (www.practicallaw.com/4-200-5918).
PLC Property is a revolutionary professional support service that gives property practitioners a level of support that was previously available only to those firms with dedicated professional support lawyers (PSLs). PLC Property brings this quality of support to a wider range of practitioners.
The service is also valuable to firms with dedicated PSLs, allowing them to focus on a range of tasks, which are essential to a legal department but which can be neglected if all resources have to be deployed in identifying and processing raw, generic information.
The following is a list of some of the tasks, which will have significant benefits for a legal department and which need to be handled by a lawyer with a detailed knowledge of the firm's client base and a good understanding of the current transactions being undertaken:
Identifying and capturing know-how generated by fee earners through transactions and integrating that with the PLC Property materials.
Drafting precedent documents focused on specific clients.
Producing tailored client know-how materials.
Responding to consultation papers, taking account of specific client interests.
Delivering training to ensure that fee earners have absorbed new law and the impact of new cases.
Delivering training programmes to newly qualified fee earners to ensure that they are adequately prepared and supported.
Providing support for transactions in terms of research, analysis of specific areas of law, and writing briefs to counsel.
PLC Property can be the invisible knowledge foundation of a law firm.
The primary content is contained in the following resources:
The practice notes, standard documents, standard clauses and drafting notes, checklists and training materials are listed under the Resources section on the left hand side of the PLC Property homepage.
The Resources also include:
PLC Property covers subjects of law and practice relevant to property law practitioners. Each subject is referred to as a topic under which all content (legal updates, practice notes, standard documents, standard clauses and drafting notes) is categorised. The subjects are listed in the topic index.
The following table lists all the topics of particular relevance to property practitioners.
To access the PLC Property topics, see PLC Property index (www.practicallaw.com/6-103-1074). In addition, the topics on the PLC Property home page include a link to the Legal concepts (www.practicallaw.com/3-103-2070) topic (which include negligence, nuisance and human rights).
To access the complete PLC topic list, see Index (www.practicallaw.com/6-103-1074).
The topic index provides a direct way in which to view what content there is for each particular subject area. Click on each topic to see the content, which is displayed under one of the "tabs", as follows:
"All": all resources including practice notes, standard documents, standard clauses, drafting notes, checklists, legal updates, articles, glossary terms, case studies, forms and external resources.
"Practice notes": practice notes, quick guides and overview practice notes.
"Standard documents": standard documents, standard clauses, drafting notes and case studies.
"Legal updates": all legal updates on that topic. The legal updates can be arranged in date order, with the option to display the most recent item at the top or bottom.
"Articles": feature-length articles from PLC Magazine.
"Glossary": glossary terms.
Practice notes are concise practical explanations of core transactions and background law, providing key guidance for frontline lawyers. They are an up-to-date, reliable statement of practice and law for practitioners of all levels of experience. For more junior lawyers, they will give an understanding of the area of law not yet acquired through practice.
Practice notes include references and hypertext links to further relevant materials and to source texts.
For a list of practice notes currently on the site, see PLC Property: Practice notes (www.practicallaw.com/0-200-9145).
Practice notes are continuously maintained and kept up to date, and include links to relevant legal updates.
PLC Property provides a library of standard documents and clauses, with accompanying drafting notes, for use in mainstream commercial property and certain residential property transactions:
Standard clauses and drafting notes (www.practicallaw.com/1-200-9461), which include boilerplate and execution clauses.
Standard documents and clauses are drafted to strike a fair balance between the parties, although they are drafted from the point of view of the party that would normally be responsible for preparing the first draft.
The detailed drafting notes that accompany each standard document and clause provide the information that the user needs to adapt the document to the particular transaction, including adapting it to favour one party more strongly.
The drafting notes:
Provide information on the transaction context of the document.
Explain the objective of each clause.
Highlight the legal and negotiating issues of each clause from the point of view of each of the parties.
PLC Property is introducing integrated drafting notes into the web view of standard documents. These integrated notes will give brief warnings, explanations and directions and will link to practice notes and other relevant drafting notes. They are designed to provide more immediate help with drafting and negotiation.
For an example, see Standard clause, Break clauses for leases (www.practicallaw.com/1-107-4768).
The standard documents, clauses and drafting notes are kept up to date as law and practice develop. Details of changes made to Standard documents and clauses are recorded in resource histories accessed from the summary section at the top of each standard document or clause. The changes are also recorded in a legal update, which is sent out by e-mail, giving users sufficient information to identify what changes may need to be made to draft documents that they are currently working on, or to their own firm's document collection.
Following a change in case law, it may not always be appropriate to change a standard document, either at all or immediately. The drafting note will be updated to refer to the change and to link to the relevant update on the case and will identify the situation where an amendment may need to be made to the standard document.
Drafting notes are a valuable transaction support tool for practitioners of all levels of qualification and experience. They are detailed and up to date.
They are, however, of particular value for the less experienced fee-earner. They facilitate:
The use of the standard document to which the drafting note refers, enabling the user to prepare a first draft document appropriate for the particular transaction.
The negotiation of first draft documents that have been received which are not PLC Property standard documents.
The drafting notes are also a valuable teaching aid as they can readily be used as the basis of a training seminar for the 0-4 year qualified practitioners.
The standard documents and clauses are available both on the web and in Microsoft Word 2003. The Word version includes logical styles, an automatic table of contents, numbering and cross-referencing (see How do I use the PLC Word template? (www.practicallaw.com/0-101-3271)).
For details on converting PLC standard documents into your firm's own house style, see PLC Firmstyle (www.practicallaw.com/4-376-6549).
For information on PLC's automated documents, see PLC FastDraft (www.practicallaw.com/1-379-9363).
In addition to the standard documents, there are links to a set of forms commonly used in property transactions (including Land Registry forms) (see Forms (www.practicallaw.com/8-505-8421)).
Legal updates cover:
Significant new cases and their implications.
New and draft legislation and its effects.
Developments in practice and procedure.
Consultation papers from government, industry bodies and the Law Commission.
Major market trends.
Most legal updates comprise:
A short abstract that describes the subject matter of the update.
A concise summary (the speedread), which is displayed in the e-mail sent to subscribers but collapses when the full version of the legal update is accessed.
A more detailed report, which usually includes a background and comment.
In the case of developments which are reported only briefly, the full report appears in the e-mail as the speedread is omitted from these Legal updates.
Legal updates include links to source texts, such as transcripts and legislation, where these are freely available.
For an example of a legal update, see Legal update, A building used for commercial purposes cannot be a house "reasonably so called" (Supreme Court) (www.practicallaw.com/9-521-8363), which discusses the decision of the Supreme Court in Day and another v Hosebay Ltd; Howard de Walden Estates Ltd v Lexgorge Ltd  UKSC 41.
Legal updates may be accessed:
Legal updates are sent out by e-mail on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Users may choose how frequently to receive e-mails (see PLC Property e-mail service). To view the archive of e-mails sent, see PLC Property e-mail archive (www.practicallaw.com/6-205-6539).
From the PLC Property homepage.
Legal updates appear at the top right of the PLC Property homepage. The titles of the most recent legal updates appear on a rolling basis under Updates. By clicking on the link, View updates, the updates for the last week are displayed, with the option of viewing the updates for that day, the last month or the last two months. Earlier updates can be accessed either by using the search view or the legal update archive in the relevant part of the topic index.
Legal updates explain the practical implications of important new developments but shield practitioners from unnecessary information. They are complete in themselves but include hypertext links to source materials where appropriate. Where necessary, the transaction support materials (practice notes, standard documents, standard clauses and drafting notes) are updated to reflect developments.
Unlike other services, we do not just pass on new information. Nor do we aim to be the first to report on it. We evaluate and select it first and, where necessary, add our own analysis and comment. We aim to protect practitioners from the avalanche of raw legal information, not to add to it.
Legal updates can be used for training and marketing purposes. If you would like to incorporate them into marketing materials, please contact the PLC helpline (www.practicallaw.com/7-102-1343).
PLC Property publish a Quarterly update training programme based on selected Legal updates. For more information, see Training materials.
Our team is ready to answer your questions. We can expand on what we have written, point you to useful resources and act as a sounding board on tricky points.
If you have a query, simply select the "Ask a question" link, found in the top navigation bar and in the "Actions" box on the right-hand side of each resource, and fill in the form provided. We aim to reply within a day in most areas and often get back more quickly. Your question will be published anonymously. The chances are others will be interested in the answer too – that's why we publish the questions and answers.
For more information, see Ask PLC Property.
PLC Property has developed a series of checklists. These are designed to provide a practical, step-by-step guide to various aspects of transactions involving property. They will be of particular benefit to trainees and junior solicitors and will provide a good basis for training materials.
For a list of checklists currently on the site, see PLC Property: Checklists (www.practicallaw.com/8-201-2605).
PLC Property's Toolkits set out various resources that are relevant to a particular subject. They include a summary of the background law, to put the materials into context.
For a list of Toolkits currently on the site, see PLC Property Toolkits (www.practicallaw.com/0-508-0416).
The training materials provide a flexible framework within which practitioners and professional support lawyers can plan and manage on-going professional development. They were developed in response to feedback from subscribers on legal training. The Training materials can be divided into two broad categories:
The Quarterly update (published in November, February, May and August).
The training items in the Quarterly update are based upon selected legal updates and focus upon key cases and important changes in law and practice.
Topic based training materials.
These focus on particular aspects of other PLC Property resources, in particular standard documents, checklists and practice notes.
Research by PLC Property has shown that over 1,600 providers of legal services are independently registered with the Law Society as in-house continuing professional development (CPD) course providers. Registered organisations are authorised to allocate CPD credit to courses organised for their own staff and non-fee-paying guests. Sole practitioners and small firms have the ability to join together as a "consortium" offering in-house courses. It costs £200 to register with the Law Society.
Once authorised, course providers may self-accredit suitable courses, which may include material:
Prepared by and/or presented by staff.
Prepared by and/or presented by external speakers (who do not need to be themselves authorised).
The PLC Property training materials aim to:
Save the course provider the time it would take to prepare detailed material for the course.
Provide a quarterly round up of key cases and changes in law and practice.
Consolidate the legal and practical issues arising out of the PLC Property documents upon which they are based.
Address fundamental and topical areas of law focusing on their practical consequences.
Provide source material and links to connected topics, that will provoke participation and debate from attending solicitors and guests.
Ensure that the attending solicitors and guests have gained knowledge of the subject at the appropriate level.
The Training materials will allow the course provider to adapt the material to:
Be relevant to the nature of the work carried out by the attending solicitors and guests.
Highlight particular issues for debate and discussion.
Trim or expand the material to fit the time allocated to the course.
Suit the level of experience of the attending solicitors and guests.
Approach the subject matter either in depth or as an overview.
Prepare different types of training session, such as:
case studies; and
To view the Training materials currently available, see Training materials (www.practicallaw.com/0-201-6570).
The Property legislation tracker (www.practicallaw.com/9-200-0305) shows the progress of selected primary and secondary legislation of particular interest to property law practitioners, from draft and consultation stage to enactment and implementation. Each entry links to either a legal update or a legislation tracker note, giving more information.
When PLC Property was first established, its focus was primarily on commercial property. However, many of the resources are also relevant to lawyers dealing with residential property.
More recently, PLC Property has begun to broaden the scope of the service to include materials of more relevance to residential property. This is in response to requests from subscribers dealing with mixed-use developments and subscribers who specialise in residential property.
For a list of materials that are particularly useful in connection with residential property, see Residential property materials.
The Commercial Property Standard Enquiries (CPSE) are a suite of documents that were prepared by members of the London Property Support Lawyers Group under the sponsorship of the British Property Federation with a view to becoming the industry-standard pre-contract enquiries for commercial property transactions. PLC Property is on the working party to keep the CPSE up to date and publishes the CPSE free of charge to subscribers and non-subscribers to PLC Property.
For more information, see Commercial Property Standard Enquiries (www.practicallaw.com/6-502-2923).
PLC Property subscribers have been given free access to Corporate Real Estate multi-jurisdictional guide (www.practicallaw.com/5-502-5494), which includes:
Cross-border features on a number of topics, including property investment and due diligence.
Q & A guides to commercial property law in 25 jurisdictions. There is also a tool which enables you to create a report on particular aspects of real estate law in selected jurisdictions (see Country Q&A tool (www.practicallaw.com/4-422-1232)).
Recommendations of real estate lawyers and law firms.
Profiles of recommended lawyers.
PLC Glossary contains plain-language definitions of key legal and technical terms used in the business law context. It is based on an archive of business legal know-how developed by PLC over the 14 years of its existence.
Legal updates, practice notes and drafting notes contain links to external source materials (cases, legislation, policy, guidance and consultation papers and external websites) that are relevant to property law practitioners. The collection of these links can be accessed from the External resources (www.practicallaw.com/7-200-9463) page.
For a comprehensive note of the new resources added to PLC Property over the last 12 months, see PLC Property: New content (www.practicallaw.com/4-102-2787).
In the top right hand corner of the PLC Property homepage, there are links to the most recently added new content, including links to the most recent PLC Magazine issue.
The Provisional publishing schedule is intended to give an indication of PLC Property's publishing plans for new standard documents, standard clauses and practice notes for the calendar year. The schedule is revised periodically. The documents and the timings are subject to amendment to reflect any alterations in priority that PLC Property may make either to take account of changes in law and practice, or to accommodate specific projects. The schedule is for information purposes only.
The service is delivered through a web site using advanced technology specifically developed by Practical Law Company to provide a seamless source of managed know-how to the practitioner in an easy-to-access form:
Searching. All the text is fully searchable. Searches can be done across all the material or restricted to selected types of material (for example, Standard documents only) or to a specified time period. Subscribers have the option of using a new Google-powered search facility to find material within the site. For more information, see How do I search? (www.practicallaw.com/5-107-3880).
Index. We use special technology developed in-house to index material, which greatly improves the searching process (see Index (www.practicallaw.com/6-103-1074)).
Links. Frequent hypertext links guide users around the site, taking them to relevant material.
Integration. Our material can be integrated within a firm intranet. In addition, subscribers can integrate their own know-how materials closely with those of the service, whilst maintaining confidentiality. For further information, please contact your account manager, call the PLC helpline (www.practicallaw.com/A17385) or see PLC integration tools.
Annotation. PLC Annotation allows subscribers to create and maintain their own notes on PLC resources. For more information, see PLC Annotation (www.practicallaw.com/7-380-9024).
Firmstyle. PLC Firmstyle enables your lawyers to download PLC standard documents automatically from any PLC website into your firm's own presentational style. For details, see PLC Firmstyle (www.practicallaw.com/4-376-6549).
FastDraft. Practical Law Company has launched PLC FastDraft, which provides sets of automated documents for key transactions combined with know-how. PLC FastDraft rivals or betters custom solutions developed for the largest firms, helping law firms and legal departments to control costs. For details, see PLC FastDraft (www.practicallaw.com/1-379-9363).
PLC Property is a cost-effective tool for any lawyer, solicitor or barrister, in private practice, in-house or otherwise, working in the property industry. It is also useful for other property professionals, such as surveyors, working in the industry.
It helps to:
Save lawyers' time and enhance their capacity to do fee-earning or client-related work.
Improve the quality, speed and accuracy of the service to clients.
Bring trainees and recently qualified staff up to speed quickly and effectively.
Enable firms and legal departments with professional support lawyers to focus resources and time on firm and client-specific know-how, and to find innovative solutions to new transaction problems instead of routine information gathering.
Concentrate more attention on using know-how for marketing purposes and making the practice more competitive.
Attract, maintain and motivate good lawyers.
For information on how fee-earners and professional support lawyers can use PLC to more efficiently maintain and update precedent banks, see Article, PLC documents: outsourcing your precedent bank, PLC Magazine, 2009 (www.practicallaw.com/4-385-9548).
Some of the subscribers to the service include:
"PLC Property helps our professional support team to operate efficiently and to focus on the proprietary know-how that forms part of our competitive advantage."
Hugh Crisp, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
"Particularly useful for commercial property lawyers in small and medium-sized practices - it allows them to operate with confidence without a professional support lawyer."
Peter Dawson, Partner, Russell-Cooke.
"Absolutely invaluable. The standard documents have become something of a benchmark for market practice. The service stands out for its direct application to everyday problems and issues."
Graham White, Partner, Slaughter and May.
"The PLC standard documents and drafting notes are available throughout our intranet and they now form a major part of our documents library. They are up to date, well drafted and suitable for much of our work. Combined with the e-mail update, it's an efficient and extremely useful service."
Tina Webster, Partner, Thomas Eggar.
"An invaluable resource for all commercial property practitioners. The filtered update, maintained Standard document bank and CPD programme make an excellent package."
Paul Young, Partner, Gordons.
For further information on the service and how to subscribe, call the PLC helpline (www.practicallaw.com/7-102-1343).