Law

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Below is a list of resources relevant to Law available via the Library. For a list of other useful resources, visit the General Resources webpage.


Westlaw is one of the two main electronic databases for legal research available in the library collection (the other database being Lexis Library). It contains primary resources (such as cases and legislation, with accompanying commentary and analysis) and secondary resources (such as law journals, law reports, reference books, and insight: Westlaw's legal encyclopaedia). Try and use both Westlaw and Lexis in parallel, as they contain slightly different materials, commentaries, and analysis. Video tutorial.


Lexis Library is one of the two main electronic databases for legal research available in the library collection (the other database being Westlaw). It contains primary resources (such as cases and legislation, with accompanying commentary and analysis) and secondary resources (such as law journals, law reports, reference books, and newspapers). Try and use both Westlaw and Lexis in parallel, as they contain slightly different materials, commentaries, and analysis. Video tutorial.


HeinOnline is a source for traditional legal materials (cases, statutes, government regulations, academic law reviews, law journals, and classic treatises); historical, governmental, and political documents; and world constitutions, international treaties, and other documents of international organisations. The database includes more than 100 million pages of materials in an online fully searchable format. Video tutorial.


LexisPSL Dispute Resolution focuses on the requirements of legal practitioners working within the field of civil litigation. It contains topical information, news, key resources, and toolkits (for example a Brexit toolkit and a GDPR toolkit). It also contains a Getting the Deal Through Comparator tool, which enables you to compare systems in different jurisdictions.


XpertHR is a database targeted at Human Resources practitioners, providing the latest developments in all aspects of employment relations and related law. In the Tools tab you can access an Employment Law Manual, legislation, and case law, as well as guidance written in plain English which interprets the law for HR practitioners.


General Resources contains a list of major university wide databases and search engines, such as the Library catalogue, Discover, Credo Reference, Newsbank and Scopus. Visit the General Resources page for more information.

Free resources


Below is a list of the top 15 free online resources for Law as chosen by your Academic Liaison Librarian.

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Legislation.gov.uk is the official government website publishing all UK legislation. It is managed by The National Archives on behalf of HM Government.


The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) contains case law, legislation, EU case law, Law Commission reports, and other British and Irish legal materials. BAILII uses a simple website format, but don't be deceived by its appearance: it is a well respected source of legal materials.


Official website of the UK Parliament, containing news from the House of Commons and the House of Lords.


Hansard is a “substantially verbatim” report of what is said in Parliament. Members’ words are recorded, and then edited to remove repetitions and obvious mistakes, albeit without taking away from the meaning of what is said. Hansard also reports decisions taken during a sitting and records how Members voted to reach those decisions in Divisions.


The House of Commons Library publishes briefing papers on legislation proceeding through Parliament, as well as deposited papers, which MPs and ministers place in the Library in reply to parliamentary questions.


The Justice website contains numerous resources for legal professionals in the UK, including daily court listings and procedure rules.


Website of the Supreme Court, where cases can be tracked live. Also includes court procedures.


EUR-Lex provides free access to a variety of European legal information, including legislation and the Official Journal of the European Union.


Official website of the European Court of Human Rights, containing recent judgements, reports, and press releases.


The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) is attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. This library will be of particular use to postgraduate students and researcher.


LawPort is a collection of training resources from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.


Developed by the City Law School, Lawbore highlights the best law-related sites for undergraduates. It also contains short explanations of a variety of different fields of law.


AccessToLaw is a website created by Inner Temple Library, containing links to selected UK, Commonwealth and worldwide free legal web sites.


Infolaw publishes a newsletter, offers CPD competence courses, and produces a catalogue of legal resources online called Lawfinder. It aims to support legal professionals conduct research online.


LawCareers.Net (LCN) is a comprehensive, one-stop online resource created for future lawyers and those who recruit them.

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