New publication 'Legal records at risk. A strategy for safeguarding our legal heritage.'

The three-year Legal Records at Risk project, based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, commenced in September 2015 to:

  • Broaden the concept of “legal” records from their traditional definition as court records or deeds to the business records of private sector institutions specialized to law (ISLs), including arbitration and mediation services, barristers, insolvency practitioners, legal executives, licensed conveyancers, multi-disciplinary practices, notaries, patent attorneys, pro bono legal services, scriveners, solicitors, trade mark attorneys and providers of ancillary services such as law publishers and legal stationers.
  • Identify and facilitate the rescue of legal records of potential value which may be at risk through globalization, digital obsolescence, physical neglect, lack of interest on the part of information owners or reduced archival resources to rescue records.