Dr Peter Clinch has been Senior Subject Librarian for Law at Cardiff University since 1992. He has a law degree and has worked in law libraries and legal information for over 30 years, more than 25 of them in universities.
Between 2000 and 2002 he was Project Manager for the development of the FLAG database, an inventory of the foreign, comparative and international law holdings of over 60 universities and national libraries across the United Kingdom. For this work he won the Wallace Breem award for his unique contribution to the legal information world. Between 2002 and 2003 he developed the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations, for which in 2004 he again won the Wallace Breem award. In 2006 he was named Wildy-BIALL Law Librarian of the Year, on the publication of the second edition of his book: Teaching Legal Research.
His fourth book on legal research is due to be published in 2010. In addition to the 40 plus journal articles he has had published he has given numerous conference and seminar presentations. Since 2003 seven universities and colleges (including two outside the UK) have sought his consultancy advice on setting up or further developing their law collections or improving their legal research skills training.