Who are LNB keeping Company with?

Nick Holmes has posted today on Lexis Nexis Butterworth's first foray into Web 2.0 proper. Company Law Forum aims to provide a forum for Legal and "business community to share insights and discuss company law-related issues"

I've had a fairly detailed look at Company Law Forum and for a first attempt it is okay but not great. I have several issues, firstly I'm not sure what the site is trying to be, is it a Blog, a Forum, a collection of Know-How, a Wiki? Secondly some of the functionality has good intentions but fails, like the RSS feed which is available from the left hand corner of the screen, what is this for? the site, the page you are looking at, individual discussions? LNB need to add some clarity around these.

Finally and my biggest concern is how many contributions they will have from the Legal and Business community. LNB are in a difficult position because Elsevier (part of Reed Elsevier) have some fantastic Web 2.0/Collaborative sites like 2Collab this is used extensively by researchers and physicians who are already working together. The legal sector isn't the same unfortunately, law firms for the most part work independently rather then collaboratively so encouraging a fee-earner/lawyer to post content/their knowledge on this site may be an uphill struggle. Having said that I think LNB's intentions are great and should be encouraged, the million dollar question is can they and other legal publishers find a Web 2.0 solution/application that can be applied effectively in the Legal sector?

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    # by Cara Annett - Tuesday, January 08, 2008

    Interesting post James. Certainly the collaborative ideals behind "web 2.0" type communities would appear to be at odds with a traditional lawyer's mindset. Any ideas about HOW the legal and business community can be persuaded to get involved and actively contribute on a reasonably regular basis and in large numbers?