New Columnists, New Followers

We’re delighted to announce that over the next few weeks you’ll be meeting three new columnists on Slaw. May we introduce, in alphabetical order, Simon Lewis (yes, yet another Simon!), Robert McKay, and Lewis Parle, all of whom “come from away,” as our Maritime readers might say.

Simon Lewis, from Sydney, Australia, is a lawyer and the director of Sinch Software Ltd., which supplies IT tools and systems to law firms. Not surprisingly, he’ll be joining the Legal Technology group of columnists. You can follow him on Twitter @SinchLegal.

Robert McKay, also a law graduate, is a director of Dunedin Academic Press and a consultant in the legal, professional and reference publishing sectors in the United Kingdom. He has had extensive experience at the executive level with a number of publishers over the years, including CCH Information, ABG Professional Information, Tolley Professional Information, and Sweet and Maxwell. Robert will join the Legal Publishing group.

Lewis Parle is the Programme Director of Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS); a youth-led social policy think-tank in London, England, with an interest in law and policy reform in the fields of criminal justice, human rights, restorative justice and public legal education. Lewis also works for Matrix Chambers in its Legal Information Team on its Legal Aid Link project. In addition to being a member of the bar, he has a strong interest in history, having completed a Masters in Historical Research before studying law. Lewis will write in the Justice Issues group.

We’ve noticed that in the last few days Slaw has acquired dozens of new followers on Twitter. To Kathryn, Dana, Steven, Tiffany, Paul — and the many others — we’d like to say welcome, and thanks for following us. We hope that what you see in the titles and tiny excerpts we tweet interests you enough that you’ll click the links to read some of the great entries published here. Remember that you can get an even more nourishing “feed” by subscribing to us via RSS or email.



  1. Oh dear – I see I am a little late in commenting here, but need to correct a common “mainlander” error.

    People of my home province of Newfoundland & Labrador do occassionaly use the term “come from away” to refer to people who have settled in NL, but were not born there or have any family connection to the province.

    However, NL is not a Maritime province in the historic and political senses. The Maritime provinces existed as a regional group long before NL joined Confederation in 1949. Politically, historically, and perhaps even culturally, NL is instead one of the four Atlantic provinces (it could be called a small-m maritime province, in the sense that is is closely connected to the sea, but no one does).

    For further explanation, see the entry in Wikipedia.

  2. Hi Kathleen. It’s actually worse than you think: I’m the author of the post, and I wasn’t even thinking about Newfoundland and Labrador! I had Nova Scotia in mind, where I gather they use that phrase as well. See, for example, this article on a debate in the NS Liberal Party about using it.

    Still and all, your comment is welcome and valuable… In the future I’ll be more mindful of NL, I’ll adopt the “Atlantic” modifier, and I’ll practice saying small-m maritime.