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Key databases in Law


Offers more than 24,000 articles from the most authoritative sources in HR, along with a specially commissioned employment law reference manual, a model policies and documents service and various other services. Please visit the XpertHR help pages for support.

Lexis Library

Large legal database containing UK, EU and international case law, legislation (up-to-date, amended versions), legal journals, commentary texts, current awareness, and news. Very good range of practitioner texts in the Commentary section including Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law, Tolley's Employment Law service and Butterworths Employment Law Handbook.


Free resource for British and Irish case law and legislation. Contains tribunal decisions from tribunals such as the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

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.

  • Halsbury's Laws - the major legal encyclopedia covering cases, legislation and commentary on legal topics.  Available online on Lexis Library.
  • Words and Phrases legally defined. Available online on Lexis Library
  • Oxford Reference- contains many legal dictionaries, including A Dictionary of Law and A Guide to Latin in International Law
  • Lexis Library - search for terms in the 'Glossary' box on the search home page.
  • Westlaw Index of Legal Terms - 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

Training and certificates for legal databases

Get certified on legal research tools to improve your legal research skills, and enhance your employability.

Lexis Library
The test is available in basic and advanced versions covering either the law of England and Wales or the law of Scotland. Click to take the Lexis Library certification test.

This gives you an interactive walk-through of Westlaw UK with the option to test your skills and become Certified. If you decide to take the test and pass, you’ll be Certified in Westlaw UK and be sent a certificate in the post to demonstrate your skills, which you can list on your CV. Click to take the Westlaw certification test

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