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British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)
Access to British and Irish primary legal materials. Includes 19 databases, covering five jurisdictions. Also access to the World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII).

Full-text transcripts of Courts of Appeal, Crown Office, HL, Privy Council and High Court judgments back to 1996.

English Reports
Full text of the English Reports, Full Reprint published in 176 volumes. This comprises the decisions of the English courts prior to the commencement of the Law Reports in 1865.


Her Majesty's Court Service: Judgments
Access to HM's Court Service database. Judgments date back to 1996. Allows queries across all courts in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Administrative Court.

House of Lords Judgments
Full-text judgments delivered since 14/11/96. Judgments appear on-line within two hours of their delivery in the HL.

Lexis-Nexis Butterworths
Full-text of UK cases from over 30 different law reports, including All ER back to 1936. Also, thousands of transcripts of unreported cases back to 1980.

Westlaw UK
Full-text of UK law reports /transcripts, including The Law Reports back to 1865. Also, primary legal materials from other jurisdictions (e.g. US and EU).


British and Irish Legal Information Institute

UK Legislation
Links to the Acts of the UK Parliament (1988-), Statutory Instruments (1987-) and draft SIs; also links to the legislation of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Both original and revised (up to 1987) legislation included.

The UK Statute Law Database (SLD)
The official revised version of the 'statute book' for the UK in electronic form, with the full text of amended primary legislation from 1267 onwards.

Westlaw UK
Full-text of consolidated UK legislation, in force back to 1267. Also primary legal materials from other jurisdictions (e.g. US and EU)


E-books service with several titles covering UK law, international law and criminal justice. Include: Atiyah: The Sale of Goods, and Davies, Croall & Tyrer: Criminal Justice.

Similar to Dawsonera, but currently with more titles on: criminology and criminal justice.


Cambridge Law Journal
Special emphasis is placed on contemporary developments, but the range also includes jurisprudence and legal history.

IDS Employment Law Brief
Access to the latest version of the Brief, as well as to a database of 3,000+ employment law cases. (Brief database goes back to 2001 for features).

IRS Employment Review
(Part of Xpert HR service.)
Access to the current issue as well as a selected archive back to 1994. Includes a section on employment law.

Journal of Current Legal Issues
The focus is on current legal issues in judicial decisions, law reform, legislation and legal research. 1995-

Journal of Information, Law & Technology (JILT)
Published by the Electronic Law Journals project of the Law Courseware Consortium. Jan 1996-.

Law Society Gazette
Comprehensive guide to legal news, views, information and job vacancies. Current issue, together with archive back to 1998.

Modern Law Review
(Access via EBSCO EJS service.) Full-text articles back to1997.

The Times
Links to seven days' worth of legal articles from The Times newspaper.

Full-text journal articles are also available via the following databases:

A-Z of TVU's E-Journals

Lexis-Nexis Butterworths
(See entry under CASE LAW.)

Westlaw UK
(See entries under CASE LAW or LEGISLATION)


Free Form Law
Free forms in MS Word format

Lexis-Nexis Butterworths
Includes content from the following previously named Butterworths' Direct Services:
Civil Procedure Online (full-text of Butterworths' Civil Court Precedents)
Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents Direct (full-text of vols. 1-42 of EF&P).

Oyez Legal Forms
Over 1,200 forms from the HMSO and the Law Society, as well as Legal Aid forms.


International Centre for Commercial Law
Official site of the Legal 500 series.

Lexis-Nexis Butterworths
Includes content from the following previously named Butterworths' Direct Services:
Civil Procedure Online (full text of Butterworths' Civil Court Practice aka 'The Green Book')
Corporate Law Direct (Butterworths' Corporate Law Service)
Employment Law Online (full text of Harvey on Industrial Relations & Employment Law)
Halsbury's Laws Direct (electronic version of Halsbury's Laws of England)
Insolvency Law Direct (full text of Bailey, Groves & Smith on Corporate Insolvency)

Westlaw UK
Full-text of 'The White Book', Bullen, Leake & Jacob's: Precedents of Pleadings, Palmer's Company Law, Totty & Moss: Insolvency, Archbold and Archbold Supplement and Woodfall: Landlord & Tenant.


Command Papers
A list of command papers appearing on government departmental websites from 2001 onwards is available.

Home Office: Research, Development and Statistics
Includes access to online versions of Development and Practice reports, Home Office Research Studies, statistical publications, and (discontinued) Police Research Series Papers.

Law Commission for England & Wales
Law Commission reports and consultation papers can be downloaded from this site.

Ministry of Justice
(Formerly the Dept. of Constitutional Affairs) Information about the legal system, the Constitution and judges, together with consultation papers and access to major reports.

Public Bills before Parliament
Current session only.


Includes Lawfinder, a one-stop resource for researching and keeping up-to-date with primary law on the Web. Direct links to UK cases and statutory materials

Guidance and access to global information resources on the Internet.

An annotated list of websites.

Legal Resources in the UK & Ireland
Good starting point for the legal profession and current awareness. The listing of the most important sites is updated weekly.

World Legal Information Institute
Catalogue provides links to over 15,000 law-related websites in every country in the


Entry-point to UK government information and services online. An A-Z of central government can be browsed from this site.

General Council of the Bar
The regulatory and representative body for barristers in England and Wales.

Law Society of England & Wales
Law Society's home site.

UK Houses of Parliament
Information about the UK Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords.


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