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Key databases in law

  • Employment Tribunal decisions
    Find decisions on employment tribunal cases in England, Wales and Scotland from February 2017 onwards.
  • Employment Appeal Tribunal decisions
    Find decisions of appeals against employment tribunals heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • Employment cases update
    Site which provides free access to the full text of key employment law cases as they are published, from the Supreme court, Court of Appeal, High Court and EAT, starting from January 2010. The text is free to view and there is a free weekly newsletter.
  • Federation of European Employers
    Association for progressive employers operating across Europe, founded in 1989. Has members in all EEA states, plus Switzerland, Czech Republic, Russia, USA, Canada, Japan and Israel. Good source of pan-European national pay, employment law and collective bargaining data on the web. Also includes legislation from the many countries it represents.
  • Words and Phrases legally defined
    Available online on Lexis Library.
  • Westlaw Index of Legal Terms 
    Available from the Westlaw home page. It contains the three comprehensive and authoritative legal dictionaries; Stroud's Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases, Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law and Osborn's Concise Law Dictionary as well as the Statutory definitions that form part of Westlaw UK Legislation documents. All content is interlinked and cross-referenced. 
  • Westlaw Insight
    Click on the topic headings on the Westlaw home page to access an online legal encyclopaedia that aims to provide a comprehensive statement of the law in the United Kingdom. 

Other databases for law

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